“Why you shouldn’t trust any of these books”
Posted On July 18, 2021
But privacy experts say that’s not enough.
“The only way to really understand what they’re trying to sell is by reading the text,” said Robert DeWitt, a privacy and data security expert at Georgetown University.
“That’s not really what we have here.”
For instance, the search engine Google’s ads for “Liberty University” appear on some sites that do not show the actual school’s name, according to a 2016 study by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
And a search on “free books” shows no ads for the book, and Google’s ad for it, according the study.
The study also found that Apple’s advertising for the “Liberity University” search engine appears on sites that don’t include the school’s actual name, or in places where it is listed as “Libertarian” or “Libertarians.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple is trying to move past the controversy by releasing a series of privacy policies and guidelines on Tuesday, according a person familiar with the matter.
The document does not address cookies, but a company spokesperson said it would be transparent about how they were collected and used.
The guidelines cover the “usage of identifiers,” or the names of individual sites, like Facebook, that collect information, the person said.
The company will disclose more information when the document is published, the source said.
Apple’s policy also does not mention how it collects data from the browsers it uses.
The spokesperson said the information is used for “advanced analytics, advertising and commerce.”
But it does not say how it uses them.
The company’s privacy policies are available at www.microsoft.com/privacy.
Microsoft said it did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Apple’s policies.
Privacy experts say it’s not clear how much data companies use.
The privacy guidelines say that if a site uses a cookie, the company “may collect information” on the individual that uses the site, and “may combine that information with other information” collected about the user.
“That’s what it’s going to do is give you a profile on the user,” said James Hill, director of privacy and technology at Privacy International.
“The privacy of the website, the privacy of your computer, and the privacy in general, that’s going be protected by that cookie.”
Apple has long maintained that cookies are not a tracking tool and do not track your online behavior, as they would in a traditional web browser.
The search engine has been using the cookies for a decade.
In 2014, Google’s AdWords service started showing ads for sites that include “Liberate” in the URL, and it has been collecting data on how users use those sites.
The practice continued through 2016, with Google showing ads on sites like the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and MSNBC that included the “Free Books” title.
The Washington Post said in a statement that Google used the information it was getting from advertisers to “improve the experience for advertisers.”
“Google does not sell or rent the data or information we collect from our advertising partners,” Google said in the policy.
“We also do not sell data to third parties to collect or analyze advertising.
We have no plans to use this data in our advertising.”