Google to Pay $22.5 Million Fine to the FTC for Privacy Violation

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 09 August 2012 16:26

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It was announced today that Google will pay a $22.5 million fine to the FTC for violating Google's own privacy terms. Apparently Google didn't follow the default do-not-set-third-party-cookies setting in Apple's Safari browser. They used an exploit that allowed them to set a temporary cookie so they could deliver targeted ads to the users. While setting tracking cookies is pretty normal for Google, they're getting fined this time because they specifically told Safari users that they wouldn't set the tracking cookies if they left the default settings set on Safari browsers. 

Jon Leibowitz, who is the Chairman of the FTC, said:

The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order. No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.

Read the full article here.