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it was made to check if you were logged into google when you clicked on an ad. God forbid they try to track what ads you like and which you don't, so that you see relevant ads based on your browsing preferences.

Not to mention, Google immediately removed at first complaint. This wasn't to track what you were doing (although yes, hypothetically it COULD be used to do so, does not necessarily mean that they DID do so).
 
+Andrij Harasewych I'm pretty ok with the Stanford researcher's assessment that “There are zero legitimate-use cases” for advertisers to use an invisible form to enable tracking that Safari would have otherwise blocked. (see http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/02/16/how-google-tracked-safari-users/ ) Also, to your "Google immediately removed it at first complaint" - it wasn't a complaint, it was a "hey, we see you're doing this - and it's pretty shady. now that you've been caught, you should probably stop doing that." So they did. I'm afraid I find it very hard to believe that they did not know exactly what they were doing, what was being collected, and exactly what the outcomes would be. Clearly a PR risk they were willing to take, because apologists will line up all day long to defend them.
 
Actually, I find it easy to believe that Apple software is difficult to work with.
 
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WSJ installs cookies to track your web activities when you enter their website without signing in. At least Google checks if you are a registered (and logged in) user first...
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