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Google Agrees to $22.5 Million Settlement; FTC Settles with HireRight

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 9, 2012

Google has agreed to a $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges involving tracking cookies on Apple’s Safari Internet browser. The FTC has also settled with an employment background screening company for $2.6 million on charges it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FTC says HireRight Solutions failed “to use reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of information it provided,” failed to give consumers copies of their reports and failed to resolve consumer disputes. The FTC also alleges HireRight failed to ensure the information reflected updates to criminal records and “in numerous cases, even included the records of the wrong person,” leading to consumers being denied job opportunities.
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