Google will pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who rely on Apple’s Safari browser. The settlement had to be approved by the FTC’s five commissioners. The $22.5 million penalty is the largest the agency has ever imposed on a single company. But it should be noted that Google earns that much every five hours and that will likely continue. Google was said to use a special code that “tricked” Apple’s software. To say that $22.5 million is a “slap on the wrist” for Google may be a stretch, but it may be just that. I am not sure the penalty fits the wrongdoing in this case.
Source: Associated Press
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