Microsoft: Google thwarted Internet Explorer privacy settings
Microsoft is alleging that Google has been sidestepping Internet Explorer privacy controls designed to prevent third-party websites from tracking users' browsing habits.
Google spokesperson Rachel Whetstone fired back, claiming that the P3P protocol, used by Microsoft since 2002, does not accommodate "modern web functionality" such as Google +1 and Facebook "like" buttons, which allow signed-in users to flag things around the web. Whetstone also noted that 11,000+ Internet sites are not complying with P3P, citing a 2010 independent report.
The dust-up follows similar reports last week that Google circumvented privacy settings on Apple's web browser, Safari.
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