Privacy Probes Could Mean "Years of Legal Battles"
PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.March 16, 2012
The Wall Street Journal reports on investigations by regulators in the U.S. and EU into whether Google circumvented the privacy settings of Apple Safari browser users by placing tracking cookies on their devices. "The investigations--which span U.S. federal and state agencies as well as a pan-European effort led by France--could embroil Google in years of legal battles and result in hefty fines for privacy violations," the report states. "We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions," a Google spokeswoman said, adding, "it's important to remember that we didn't anticipate this would happen, and we have been removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers." (Registration may be required to access this story.)