Google Hit by Record Fine for Privacy Violations

9 August 2012:  Cellular News reports that Google has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.

In addition to the civil penalty, the order also requires Google to disable all the tracking cookies it had said it would not place on consumers’ computers.

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