Google Agrees to 22.5 Million Dollar Fine Over Google Privacy Issues
In an attempt to avoid a lengthy and costly trial and fine, internet search engine, Google has agreed to a 22.5 million dollar fine for the FTC Google privacy probe launched earlier this year.
The fine has not yet been agreed to by the FTC, but those familiar with the case have no doubt it will be accepted by the commission.
Google faced the charges due to their breach of user privacy on the popular Safari browser through illegal user tracking.
“We do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users,” Google said in a statement Tuesday. “The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page.…We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies,”
Google will not claim liability for the privacy violations, according to a person briefed on the settlement, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The settlement stands to be the largest ever imposed by the FTC on any one business, entity or individual.