Google Facing FTC Fine
PRIVACY—U.S.May 7, 2012
Bloomberg reports Google is negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the fine it will face following its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser. The fine could cost $10 million, the report states, and would be the FTC's first fine for Internet privacy violations. Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) earlier this year asked FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz to open an investigation into whether Google violated its 2011 settlement with the commission after a privacy researcher disclosed that a loophole allowed advertisers to place temporary cookies on Safari users' iPhones and iPads without consent. A Google spokesman said the company "will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions."