Juan Carlos Perez
August 9, 2012
Google will pay a historic fine to settle U.S. government charges that it violated privacy laws when it tracked via cookies users of Apple’s Safari browser.
The US$22.5 million civil penalty is the largest ever secured by the U.S.Federal Trade Commission for a violation of one of its orders, the FTC said on Thursday.
However, ConsumerWatchdog.org finds the settlement inadequate for various reasons, including the amount of the fine and the fact that it allows Google to deny guilt and liability.
- FTC Hits Google With Record Fine Over Privacy Violation (huffingtonpost.com)
- Google pays $22.5 mln to settle Apple Safari charges – Reuters (in.reuters.com)
- Google fined $22.5MM for Safari privacy breach (bloomberg.com)
- Google Agrees to Pay $22.5M for Apple Browser Breach (businessweek.com)
- Google to pay $22.5 million fine over Safari privacy violations (macworld.com)
- Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple’s Safari Internet Browser (ftc.gov)
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- Google to pay record-setting $22.5 million fine over privacy practices (infoworld.com)
- Google to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy charges (news.yahoo.com)
- It’s official: Google agrees to pay hefty $22.5M fine in Safari bypass dispute (9to5mac.com)