Google Ordered to Pay $22.5M in Safari Privacy Breach

Google has finally reached a settlement with the FTC over the allegations that Google breached users privacy in overriding iOS users’ Safari privacy settings. Google exploited a security hole that allowed them to save cookies even when the user had denied access for cookies in Safari. The final number that Google agreed to was a $22.5M fine. This fine is the largest that the FTC has ever given out to any company, as they are hoping to set an example. Bloomberg reports:

Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that (FCC) it breached Apple Inc. Safari Internet browser.

The fine, the largest ever the FTC has levied against a company, represents the first by the agency for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.

Hopefully this fine will teach Google a lesson about sneaky privacy practices.

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