Google: Internet Explorer Privacy Policy 'Impractical'

Feb 21, 2012

Google claims that Microsoft's privacy protection feature in Internet Explorer (IE) is impractical to comply with while still providing modern web functionality, according to InfoWorld. Newer cookie-based features are broken by the Microsoft implementation in IE, Google said. These features include Facebook Like buttons and the ability to sign-in to websites using a Google account, among others.

Microsoft had accused Google of circumventing privacy protections, known as P3P, in Internet Explorer. Google is also facing similar allegations with regard to Apple's Safari browser. By default, IE blocks third-party cookies unless a site presents to the browser a P3P Compact Policy Statement describing how the site will use the cookie and pledging not to track the user. According to Microsoft, Google sends a P3P policy that fails to inform the browser about its use of cookies and user information, and is in fact a text statement that it is not a P3P policy

Infoworld, Inc. reported that Rachel Whetstone, Google's senior vice president of communications and policy, noted that the P3P standard is outdated, so most websites currently do not have P3P policies.