Lightroom: Web module doesn't use display's color profile -- incorrect color management

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The Web module in CC 2015.7 / OS X 10.11.5 doesn't use the display's profile when showing photos. You can easily verify this:

1. Install this display profile on your system. The profile swaps red for blue, green for red, and blue for green.

2. In the Library module, view a photo and notice the colors have been garishly swapped, indicating that Library is using the display profile.

3. In the Web module, use the default HTML gallery to view the same photo, and notice that the colors have not been swapped, indicating that the display profile is not being used.

4. In the Web module, click Preview In Browser. If your browser is color-managed, the colors of the photo will be swapped. (You may have to completely restart your browser before doing this.)

With a regular display profile, this bug can cause colors in the Web module to be more saturated.  See the original report from Bob Somrak here:

The problem doesn't occur with LR 5.7.1, and Bob thinks it doesn't occur with minor versions prior to CC 2015.7.
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To illustrate this I made a screenshot, where pink sky means the profile is being used whereas normal-looking blue sky means it is not:

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Hi John,

I went back to 2015.0 and tried this. All versions are working same as 2015.7.

I will work with engineering on this to figure out more details.

Meanwhile could you confirm if you could it doesn't occur in prior versions of Lightroom CC?

Smit Keniya
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For LR CC, I only have 2015.7 installed -- I don't know how to have multiple minor releases installed at the same time.  As mentioned above, I do have LR 5.7.1 installed, and the problem does not occur with it.  Thanks.
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Ok. I understand that.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Web Module color overly saturated.

I see this has been reported several years ago, but it's still happening. You can see that the Web Module is more saturated than the Library Module and the finals online in Safari. My X-Rite i1 Profiler profile is out of date, but still being applied.

I'm on: 
LR CC 7.3.1
MBP v10.13.4 
Safari v11.1