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Google settles stealth cookies claims for US$17 million

Google also agreed to take certain actions, including improving the information it provides about cookies. Photo: AP

Google will pay US$17 million to 37 US states and the District of Columbia to settle claims it violated consumer privacy by placing unauthorised cookies on computers using certain Apple Safari web browsers in 2011 and last year.

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013, 12:59pm

iPhone users sue Google in UK for tracking their web behaviour through cookies

iPhone users sue Google in UK for tracking their web behaviour through cookies

The internet giant is facing the group privacy claim over the way it sidestepped Apple's security settings on the iPhone, iPad and desktop versions of its Safari web browser to monitor their behaviour. The US Federal Trade Commission fined it a then-record US$22.5 million last year over the effect of the privacy breach on American users.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Google privacy settlement approved

Google's US$22.5 million agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle claims the company improperly planted cookies on Apple's Safari internet browser has been approved by a federal judge.

US District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco found arguments from a consumer group - that the settlement was inadequate - unpersuasive and accepted the agreement.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Digestive biscuits

Digestives should be wheaty and sweet with a great golden colour. Janice Leung finds out which to dunk in your tea and which to dump in the bin

Marks & Spencer Digestives

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

On the shelf

To make gateau battu (see recipe, page 68), you need the right mould. I couldn't find exactly the right one (often called a 'tall brioche mould' in cooking catalogues), but I bought something similar at Chan Chi Kee Cutlery (316 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, tel: 2385 0317) - a tall, metal mould that's sharply fluted (rather than curving) around the perimeter.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


McVitie's All Butter Shortbread

These fingers have a fairly faint taste of butter, and are relatively dense and hard. The smooth, greyish, dry crust isn't very appealing, but they do leave the least grease on your fingers - handy if you're snacking in the office. If you're looking for a rich, crumbly shortbread, this isn't it, but it makes a decent afternoon tea biscuit.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am


Recette de Champagne Palmiers

Relatively thin, these biscuits are in neatly cut, uniform shapes. The pastry is folded quite tightly, resulting in a dense and firm biscuit. They don't crumble when bitten. They are a pretty, light golden colour, and have a balanced sweetness but, unfortunately, lack that delicious buttery flavour.

HK$21.50, Wellcome, citywide

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fortune-teller's cookies soothed the little beasts

These powdery, sweet biscuits, sometimes with a meat filling, are said to be native to Foshan in Guangdong province.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Oat Biscuits

Nairn's Oat Biscuits Mixed Berries

HK$31.20 for 200g, Great

A pack (five pieces) of these wonderfully fruity biscuits kept me going as I missed lunch one busy workday. Full of dried cranberries and flavoured with raspberry, it has just the right sweetness and texture.

Verdict: A pack - or two - paired with tea makes a perfect snack.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Chocolate chip cookies

Nana's No Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Only if you're a gluten for punishment

Glutino Gluten Free Dream Cookies HK$46 for 300g, Nature's Village (Lyndhurst Terrace)

At first bite, these tasted like Oreos - overpoweringly sweet, and seemingly naughty with a rich vanilla creme filling. But a few moments later the truth was revealed: the cookie was dry and powdery. I couldn't take another bite.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Smart way of bringing books to life

A means of bringing books to life is going on show at the 22nd Hong Kong Book Fair tomorrow.

By simply pointing your smartphone at the printed page, a three-dimensional image complete with sound and movement will appear on the screen.

A demonstration involves the classic story of The Gingerbread Man.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Analytical gastronomy

Chefs of savoury cuisine are frequently disdainful of pastry chefs, accusing us of being 'too precise' and formulaic. There's some truth in the latter accusation. In professional baking, recipes can be written out in percentages rather than weights.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Confident Tang back on song

It has taken singer-actress Stephy Tang Lai-yan almost two years to regain the confidence to perform live again. Singing and dancing to promote her new mini-album No One Knows, Tang said she was shattered after singing out of tune during a live TV broadcast in 2007.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The Canny Man

Fare Do try traditional Scottish staples such as haggis, Scottish oatcakes, black pudding, lamb stovies and mince and tatties; they are good, plus you probably won't see most of them anywhere else in Hong Kong. They headline the extensive menu packed with pub grub.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am