A few months ago, Google was found to be overriding Mobile Safari privacy settings to collect personal data from iOS users. And now, the Mercury News (via 9to5Mac) reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently looking into targeting Google with a large fine for these actions.
The FTC is currently performing an investigation that looks into “whether Google violated the terms of an existing settlement involving privacy problems with its ill-fated ‘Buzz’ social network in 2010,” and the decision of that case could help move along the Safari investigation more speedily. Google claims that it is more than willing to answer any questions probed by the FTC, but asserts that it did not necessarily do anything wrong.
“We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled,” Google said. “We created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google’s servers, so that we could ascertain whether Safari users were also signed into Google, and had opted for personalized ads and other content. However, the Safari browser contained functionality that then enabled other Google advertising cookies to be set on the browser.”