From the you-could-see-it-coming-a-mile-away department: U.S. lawmakers, privacy watchdogs and consumer protection groups want Google to explain why it’s been bypassing user privacy settings on Apple’s Safari web browser.

The story surfaced late last night in the Wall Street Journal, and has spread quickly — not surprisingly, considering the long-running discussion about Google and privacy and, more recently, the company’s new privacy policy that’s due to take effect on March 1st.

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