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Google to pay $22million for violating privacy

Google to pay $22million for violating privacy

TestFunda ,  14-Aug-12
The US Federal regulators have said that internet giant Google has agreed to pay USD 22.5 million as fine to settle charges that it violated the “default privacy norms” of the Apple's web browser, Safari. 

In its complaint, the FTC charged that “for several months in 2011 and 2012, Google placed a certain advertising tracking cookie on the computers of Safari users who visited sites within Google's DoubleClick advertising network, although Google had previously told these users they would automatically be opted out of such tracking, as a result of the default settings of the Safari browser used in Macs, iPhones and iPads.” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC.

The record setting penalty has sent a strong message to all companies under an FTC privacy order. 

In addition to the monetary 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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