FTC backs $22.5 million Google settlement over Safari
August 1st, 2012
Reuters - U.S. regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Members of the Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record. An official announcement is expected within days, the second source said. The probe was prompted by allegations that Google used computer code known as “cookies” to trick Apple’s Safari browser so Google could monitor users who had blocked such tracking. Google has said the tracking was inadvertent and that it collected no personal information like names, addresses or credit card data….