The Wall Street Journal was first to report that many of the biggest tech companies, including Google and Facebook, had circumvented user privacy settings in Apple's desktop and mobile versions of its Safari browser. The settings in question limit third-party cookies kept in a user's browser.
Now Microsoft is alleging that Google is also applying this workaround to the settings of Internet Explorer. Apparently, Google is masking its cookies behind a non-standard P3P cookie statement that prevents Google sites from being restricted under the user settings. This non-standard statement actually can still be restricted but just not under Internet Explorer's default settings. Since the first Wall Street Journal, story Microsoft has been publicly urging Google to switch to a standard P3P statement and has been telling IE users to upgrade their privacy settings to restrict Google's cookies.
Google originally said that it mistakenly labeled its cookies in Safari, resulting in the bypass of user settings and that no other browsers would be impacted by the mistake. The claim by Microsoft is the first implication that Google's assertion that others were not affected may not be entirely true.
Is it me or does Google remind you of this massively oversized, gawky 'tween -- the kid who looks twice his age but doesn't act it?