Google's $22.5 Million FTC Fine: Why Should Cos. Care?

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has levied a $22.5-million penalty against Google Inc., the largest civil penalty by the FTC against a single defendant. The penalty stems from an FTC complaint alleging that Google violated “privacy promises” to which the company agreed as part of a 2011 consent order entered into with the FTC.

What Are the Takeaways for the Business Community?

There are a few takeaways from the settlement announcement.

First, companies entering into a settlement agreement with the FTC regarding future conduct must ensure...
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