FYI...Google's iPhone tracking
Feb 17, 2012 - "Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions
of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers
- tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked. The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to -block- such tracking by default.
Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal... To get around Safari's default blocking, Google -exploited- a loophole in the browser's privacy settings. While Safari does block most tracking, it makes an exception for websites with which a person interacts in some way - for instance, by filling out a form. So Google added coding to some of its ads
that made Safari think that a person was submitting an invisible form to Google. Safari would then let Google install a cookie on the phone or computer. The cookie that Google installed on the computer was temporary; it expired in 12 to 24 hours. But it could sometimes result in extensive tracking of Safari users..."
Feb 17 2012 - "... It's time for Google to acknowledge that it can do a better job of respecting the privacy of Web users," the EFF said in a statement. "One way that Google can prove itself as a good actor in the online privacy debate is by providing meaningful ways for users to limit what data Google collects about them. Specifically, it's time that Google's third-party web servers start respecting Do Not Track requests
, and time for Google to offer a built-in Do Not Track option." Google has disabled the feature
, and said that the cookies were not used to gather personal information, but the EFF is sceptical... "Any code that was specifically designed to circumvent privacy protection features should have triggered a much higher level of review and caution, and that clearly did not happen."
2012/02/17 - "Apple Inc, Google Inc and their vendors must do more to protect children using iPhones and other mobile devices to read or play games, U.S. trade regulators said, and warned they may punish software makers that secretly collect data on kids..."
"... Recommendations: ... The two major app stores provide the basic architecture for communicating information about the kids apps they offer, such as pricing and category information. However, the app stores should provide a more consistent way for developers to display information regarding their app’s data collection practices
and interactive features..."
Feb 15, 2012 - "Shortly after two U.S. Congressmen asked Apple to answer questions about iPhone and iPad apps that snatch users' contact lists without permission
, the Cupertino, Calif. company promised it will address the issue with a future software update..."
16 Feb 2012 - "... a number of app developers have so far not paid any attention to this rule..."