---- Google Toolbar tracks data even when turned off
frontpage - 1:17 pm on Jan 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
Since this topic was removed from the main page, here is an update on this security issue.
Tuesday, January 26: A Google Spokesperson said "To be clear, this is only an issue until a user restarts the browser, and it only affects the currently open tabs for a small number of users.
Specifically it affects those using Google Toolbar versions 6.3.911.1819 through 6.4.1311.42 in Internet Explorer, with enhanced features enabled, who chose to disable Toolbar without uninstalling it. Once the user restarts the browser, the issue is no longer present. A fix that doesn't require a browser restart is now available on www.google.com/toolbar and in an automatic update to Google Toolbar that we are starting today."
No word on why Google never made the privacy issue public on their own however.