Google's Safari privacy penalty set to be FTC's largest fine yet
10th Jul 2012 | 13:56
But pretty much small change for El Goog
Google is set to pay around $22.5 million (£14.5m) for working around Safari's security settings to track users.
The fine is to be issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US with the settlement being finalised as we speak, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The paper also reports that it will represent the "largest penalty ever levied" by the FTC, although we're sure Google's vaults full of cash won't be left too barren after it coughs up the fine.
Lend us a fiver, FTC?
Google was accused of deliberately monitoring Safari-browsing Google users using cookies, even after they had blocked such tracking.
The company maintains that the tracking was unintentional and that it has "now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookie".
There's no word on whether Facebook and other ad networks are also going to be hit with a megafine after they were found using the same cookie-based workaround in Safari browsers.
From Wall Street Journal (£S)