Google to pay $22.5mn to settle privacy charges

Google 150x150 Google to pay $22.5mn to settle privacy chargesAccording to latest reports from Technology sector, it is said that Google Inc will pay around $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of users who are using Apple’s Safari browser.

Further, the Wall Street Journal added that the fine of $22.5 million is the largest so far levied on a single company by the US Federal Trade Commission.

The newspaper said, “The charges involve Google’s use of special computer code, or “cookies,” to trick Apple’s Safari browser so Google could monitor users that had blocked such tracking.”

However, Google removed the code after being contacted by the Wall Street Journal. Google said that tracking of Apple users was unplanned and it did not cause any harm to any Apple user.

Google told the Journal, “The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page. We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies.”

In the meantime, Google also requires possible approvals from other governments. Reports have said that the during the investigation by the European Union to consider if Google complies with Europe’s stricter privacy laws.

Moreover, the FTC officials refused to comment to the Journal Google.

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