ICO Question Microsoft's Claims Over Google's Privacy Settings

It appears that Google is in the spotlight again over its alleged sheer negligence concerning the privacy of its users. Its industry arch rival, Microsoft Corp, recently accused the company of serving third party cookies which can track users' online activities without their consent. Microsoft alleged that with Google's support, these cookies were capable of tracking Internet Explorer users' web browsing habits even when adjusting the browser's settings to prevent such actions.

In a response to these serious allegations brought against the search giant, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stepped up and authorised an inquiry to find out whether or not Google was serving cookies in accordance with the existing UK laws.

"We have asked Google to explain the situation," an ICO spokesperson said in an exclusive statement to revealed by PC Pro.

"We are aware of this issue and are continuing to make enquiries with Google to ensure that they comply with the Data Protection Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations," he added.

Meanwhile, a report by Register states that Google has defended itself by stating that the larger chunk of the blame goes to Microsoft's reliance on outdated technology forcing many websites to defy Internet Explorer's security settings for delivering "functionality" to web users.