Bold analysis from Wil Gomez writing in Mac360 about Apple’s complicity in Google’s stalking and tracking mechanism.
Here’s the deal. Google tracks you online. So does Amazon and many other online advertisers who are not just content to display an add with a link attached to it on whatever website you visit. You are being tracked by your internet service provider’s IP address, by cookies inserted on websites, and many other methods which combine to create an online profile. Plus, advertisers and ad networks share data with each other, so if you search on Amazon for fishing gear today, you’ll see many ads over the next week for fishing gear (or, whatever else you search for on Amazon, Google, Bing, and other websites.
Google pays Apple up to $3-billion to keep Google as the default search engine in Safari, and on mobile devices, Safari users make up about half of Google’s mobile profits.
Apple is complicit with Google. Apple may not do the tracking and stalking but Apple profits mightily from such efforts and does so because of the enormous profits involved, customer privacy be damned.
Apple, ever the advocate for privacy and security takes money from what amounts to an online stalker.