$22.5 million privacy fine for Google over Safari

By on August 1, 2012
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U.S regulators will announce a civil penalty to settle charges.

Reuters is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will fine Google $22.5 million in penalties to settle charges of the company bypassing the privacy settings of Safari browser users.

It is alleged that Google used cookies to trick Apple’s Safari browser so it could track user behavior. Google has said the tracking was inadvertent and that it collected no personal information like names, addresses or credit card data, but has not commented on the settlement.

FTC members voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability. A source said that an official announcement is expected within days.


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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