Google's Chrome browser retains data about users' activity on Google.com and YouTube even after users activate a privacy setting that's supposed to clear all cookies and data, an outside developer has discovered.
A Google spokesperson said the failure to automatically delete the data was a bug.
“We are aware of a bug in Chrome that is impacting how cookies are cleared on some first-party Google websites,” the spokesperson stated. “We are investigating the issue, and plan to roll out a fix in the coming days.”
Johnson noted in his post that the deletion failure might be unintentional.
Google is currently operating under a Federal Trade Commission consent decree that prohibits the company from misrepresenting the extent to which consumers control the collection of information about them.