Safari, the most widely used web browser on iPhones, has an in-built anti-tracking component, but Google has used code to circumnavigate this particular feature meaning even if you intended for your web browsning choices to be kept secret, Google has been taking a cheeky sneak peak without you knowing.

Upon being contacted about this activity, Google has disabled the particular code that has been alloweing their secretive ‘spying’. 

In response to the WSJ’s discovery, Google issued a statement saying: “The Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why. We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled. It’s important to stress that these advertising cookies do not collect personal information.”

An Apple official has added that the company is “working to put a stop,” to Google’s shady practices.

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