$23M Google-FTC Deal In Privacy Case Wins Judge's Nod

Law360, New York (November 16, 2012, 10:04 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday approved Google Inc.'s contested $23 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over alleged consumer privacy violations, calling the deal fair, adequate and reasonable.

Following a hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston signed off on the penalty agreement, which resolves allegations that Google violated an October 2011 FTC settlement by placing tracking cookies on Apple Inc.'s Safari browser. The deal represents the largest civil penalty the agency has ever obtained for a violation of a commission order.

The settlement...
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