Google Coughs Up $22 Million for Violating Privacy Settings of Apple Safari Users

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Google has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle charges alleging it bypassed privacy settings of Apple Safari users.

The US Federal Trade Commission probed into allegations that Google users cookies (the computer code kind) to essentially trick the Safari browser on iPhones and iPads so that the software giant could monitor users who had blocked such tracking. The practice violated a consent decree negotiated just last year between Google and the FTC.

“No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.

While it was the largest penalty ever placed on a company for violating an FTC order, $22 million is just a drop in the bucket for Google. The search engine company earns that much revenue in a single day.

Google continues to face heat from the US government and outside pundits who suggest the company's original "Don't Be Evil" mantra has given way to a company obsessed with overstepping privacy boundaries to collect the data of its users.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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