Here’s why Google’s Safarigate hack was really dangerous

August 10, 2012

By Jeff Gould

My friend and co-blogger Doug Miller argues below that Google’s cunning hack of Safari to circumvent the Apple browser’s default blocking of third party cookies was not just a bad act, but criminal mischief.

Some readers might find this claim a little too strong. Granted, they will say, Google broke the rules. But where’s the harm? After all, the only bad consequence was that some Safari users got tracked by DoubleClick and served some targeted ads they otherwise might not have seen. Perhaps Nike sold a few more pairs of shoes than they had a right to expect. But no state secrets were lost. So why all the talk about criminal action?

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