REUTERS— A confidential, inside resource, has revealed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has levied a 22.5 million dollar fine on Google. The search giant broke the FTC”s privacy requirements… it secretly tracked Google searches on Safari browsers.
“The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree,” says a Google email statement. “We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”
The incident comes after ongoing speculation that Google is tracking and collecting searches made by users… As far as we know, only Safari browsers have been tracked; but it is not too far-fetched to think that Google has its eyes on other browsers.
- Google to pay largest FTC penalty ever for violations (foxnews.com)
- Google to pay $22.5 million fine for Safari privacy evasion – CNNMoney (money.cnn.com)