Google Slammed with Largest Fine in FTC History Over Safari Privacy Dispute

Google today has agreed to pay a hefty $22.5 million fine for overriding Mobile Safari privacy settings earlier this year in an effort to collect personal data from users and provide targeted advertisements.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission started investigating the situation in April, noting that it was looking into “whether Google violated the terms of an existing settlement involving privacy problems with its ill-fated ‘Buzz’ social network in 2010.”

The fine is the largest ever imposed by the FTC, although it is realistically only a fraction of the revenue that Google makes in just hours. Nevertheless, it’s good to see the FTC follow through with this dispute instead of letting the Mountain View search company off the hook.

[MarketWatch via 9to5Mac]

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