US fines Google $22.5 million for privacy violations
The US Federal Trade Commission [FTC] fined Google $22.5 million for violating the privacy of people who used rival Apple's Safari web browser even after pledging not to do so. The FTC said Google had agreed with the commission in October 2011 not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Safari users, but then went ahead and did so.
David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, questioned Google's efforts on privacy protection.
"It is troubling to us that Google says, we didn't know," he told reporters. "A company like Google that is storing personal information from hundreds of millions of people has to do better."
While Google agreed to the fine, it did not admit it had violated the earlier agreement. A Google spokesperson said the FTC was focused on a help center web page published more than two years before Google agreed to refrain from the cookie activities on Safari.
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