Google May Have To Pay $22.5 Million For Violating Safari Privacy Settings

Google had been taken to court over allegations that it intentionally bypassed the privacy settings of Safari browser to track Mac users and to let different advertisers use the information. Google allegedly bypassed the settings with the help of a tiny code. Naturally, as soon as it was discovered, criticism heaped on the search giant and lawsuits were filed against it.

We have been hearing that Google will have to pay a rather heavy price for the the whole thing and that the Federal Trade Commission was really serious about it. However, until now, we didn’t know exactly how heavy the price is going to be.

Now, though, sources familiar with the matter are claiming that FTC may make Google pay a fine to the tune of $22.5 million which is going to be the largest fine ever levied by FTC.

According to Google, “The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page. We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies.”

Google is of the view that in using the tracking cookie, it didn’t exactly violate the privacy of the users neither did it collect any sensitive information from the user’s machines. However, FTC is of the opinion that Google violated a 20-year deal with FTC by indulging in this kind of act.

According to the inside sources, FTC plans on imposing a fine of $16000 per day per violation on Google, and that this may add up to a whopping $22.5 million.

Source: WSJ

Courtesy: Apple Insider

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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