Google hit with fine for tracking users
Penalty largest secured by FTC to date
TechTrade | 27 Aug 2012 :
Google will pay a historic fine to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it bypassed privacy settings and used cookies to track Apple Safari users who visited Google's DoubleClick ad network.
The $22.5 million civil penalty is the largest ever secured by the FTC for a violation of this type. The settlement also mandates that Google disable all the cookies it placed on affected users' computers.
Despite the size of the penalty in relation to previous FTC successes it's unlikely to ruffle any feathers for the search giant that last year posted $12 billion in pre-tax earnings.
IDG News Service