Google Ordered to Pay a Record $22.5 Million for Violating Privacy
Contributed by: Email on 08/10/2012 11:56 AM [ Comments ]
Google has been ordered to pay 22.5 million dollars for violating the privacy of Apple Safari users according to Yahoo News. This comes ahead of "do not track" being on by default in most browsers now. Google claims this was unintentional but a flaw in the Apple Safari Browser and the FTC seems to confirm this in their statement.
"The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law. This consent order is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendant that the law has been violated," the FTC said in a news release.
A Google spokesperson held to that as well. "We set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users. The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy," the spokesperson told ABC News. "We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple's browsers."
There was no information on where this 22.5 million dollars will go and I suspect we never will.