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Lawmakers Want Answers on Safari Tracking

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 21, 2012

Lawmakers are asking Google about its tracking practices after a grad student and privacy researcher disclosed that a loophole allowed advertisers to place temporary cookies on Safari users' iPhones and iPads without their knowledge, USA TODAY reports. "Google has some tough new questions to answer in the wake of this privacy flap, and that's why I am asking them to come in for another briefing," said Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA). Meanwhile, Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA), Joe Barton (R-TX) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) have written to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz asking for an investigation into whether Google has violated its settlement with the commission.
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