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  • FTC May Fine Google Ten Million For Sidestepping Safari Privacy Controls


    The biggest search going on at Google these days has nothing to do with the company's search engine. Instead, the top search may involve finding a way to pay the massive fine that the FTC could soon levy.

    Although the amount won't be of a wholly detrimental or company-collapsing magnitude, the penalty will definitely sting. That's according to published reports Friday that indicate Google may be fined ten million dollars... or more.

    The penalty stems back to the company's alleged creation and deployment of false code meant to willfully work around user privacy settings in Safari - Apple's web browser.

    The fine could amount to more than $10 million dollars, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential. The fine would be the first by the FTC for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.
    “Google is quickly becoming the privacy problem child for regulators in the U.S. and Europe,” Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, tells Bloomberg. “The Commission’s work to enforce its consent decree with Google shows there’s a real regulatory cop on the digital beat.”

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FTC May Fine Google Ten Million For Sidestepping Safari Privacy Controls started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      10 million is a drop in the bucket, the data received from this made more money for Google than the fine.
      Google will probably do some creative accounting and put that fine into write-off during tax season.
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      To be honest, this article doesn't say anything. It's just a poorly composed copy-pasted article.

      Back on topic: $10M for the big G is like one of us having to pay for our lunch...no big deal at all.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      10 million is a drop in the bucket, the data received from this made more money for Google than the fine.
      Google will probably do some creative accounting and put that fine into write-off during tax season.
      I woulda said that of u hadn't beat me to it. Google will earn that much in ten minutes