Google may see fine of tens of millions of dollars over Safari privacy issue

Sun, May 6, 2012


Bloomberg reports that the FTC may slap Google with fines that may reach into the tens of millions of dollars as a result of its efforts to circumvent a privacy restriction on Apple’s Safari browser.

The FTC is preparing to allege that Mountain View, California-based Google deceived consumers and violated terms of a consent decree signed with the commission last year when it planted so-called cookies on Safari, bypassing Apple software’s privacy settings, the person said.

“We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions,” Chris Gaither, a Google spokesman, said in an e- mail, declining to comment further.



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