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Advocacy Group To Fight Settlement at Hearing


October 29, 2012

A California court will hear arguments next month against a proposed settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), IDG News Service reports. The $22.5 million settlement is the largest fine handed down by the FTC thus far and stems from Google’s use of cookies to track users of Apple’s Safari browser. Privacy advocates have criticized the settlement for being “too soft,” the report states. Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog will argue at the November 16 hearing that the deal does not prevent Google from conducting similar tracking in the future and does not require the company to destroy information gleaned from past tracking.
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