Google to Pay Record $22.5 Million to Settle Privacy Charges

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Google to Pay Record $22.5 Million to Settle Privacy Charges

Google is nearing a deal to pay a record $22.5 million to settle charges that it violated the privacy of millions who used Apple’s Safari browser.

Google was accused of privacy violations by the FTC for using a work-around to track Safari users’ web surfing habits even if those users activated a Safari feature designed to prevent tracking. Google stopped the practice after an earlier Wall Street Journal report about the situation.

The Federal Trade Commission settlement, which may shape up to be the largest fine in the FTC’s history, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which based the story on information from “officials briefed on the settlement terms.”

 

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