Tries to dodge UK lawsuit over iPhone privacy
It’s probably quite true that the web 2.0 major players like Google and Facebook aren’t actually governed by laws enacted in the countries where they are operating. However, it seems that Google is trying to have its cake and eat it. The Californian company is already in trouble in the UK for managing to pay virtually no taxes even though it charges UK businesses millions of pounds for advertising. Now it is arguing that it is exempt from British/European data privacy laws. It’s trying to dodge paying out in the iPhone privacy row.
The whole thing stems from a discovery made by a researcher at the US Stanford university who found that Google had somehow managed to circumvent the standard settings in the default Safari browser.
This capability made it possible for Google to still install cookies on iPhone users’ handsets – bypassing default options- so that it could keep its advertisers happy.
The fact that, in the USA, the company has already been fined something like $22.5 million for breaching iPhone privacy is probably why it is so anxious to avoid another lawsuit.
This kind of behaviour does make a nonsense of Google’s so-called motto which is “Don’t be evil.”
What fascinates GoMo News is that Google managed to write such code in the first place.
There must be hundreds of iPhone app developers who would kill to find out exactly how it is done.