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Pilgrim Confirms Company Moving To Fix Tracking

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 24, 2012

Google Australia has told Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim it is working to address a link between company servers and Apple Safari browsers, The Australian reports. The move comes after it was discovered that advertising companies bypassed Safari privacy settings preventing users from being tracked online. Pilgrim said Google is "working on a solution," adding, "I strongly encourage people to review their Internet browser's privacy settings and make adjustments if necessary." Google Global Communications and Public Policy Chief Rachel Whetstone said, "To enable these features, we created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google's servers, so that we could ascertain whether Safari users were also signed in to Google and had opted for this type of personalisation." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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