FTC Hits Google With $22.5 Million Fine Over Safari Hacks

By: Jeff John Roberts | GigaOm

The Federal Trade Commission today confirmed that it has imposed a record-breaking fine on Google over the search giant’s decision to circumvent privacy settings on the Apple’s Safari browser.

Google will pay a $22.5 million penalty as punishment for breaking the terms of a 20-year privacy settlement that the FTC had slapped on the company last year. Under that settlement, Google had to pledge it would not “misrepresent” the degree over which users had control of their privacy settings.

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