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Google Close To Settling with FTC

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 10, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is close to settling with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the tune of $22.5 million on charges alleging it bypassed millions of Apple users’ privacy settings. The fine would be the largest ever handed down against a single company by the FTC. The charges involve Google’s use of cookies to track users’ online movements despite settings indicating they did not wish to be tracked. Google said the tracking was inadvertent and didn’t harm consumers. It has since removed the cookies. A group of state attorneys general continues to investigate the case. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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