FTC's $23M Google Fine Warns Cos. To Keep Privacy Promises

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday hit Google Inc. with a record $22.5 million fine for allegedly violating a promise not to place tracking cookies on Apple Inc.'s Safari browser, a penalty experts say will put pressure on Web companies to live up to their commitments to protect user privacy.

The settlement — which represents the largest civil penalty the agency has ever obtained for a violation of a commission order — resolves allegations that Google placed a certain advertising tracking cookie on the computers of...
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