FTC May Fine Google For Sidestepping Safari Privacy Controls
Last month, we reported that Google was being investigated by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) due a privacy debacle by Apple’s web-browser Safari.
Co-incidently, the biggest search going on at Google these days has nothing to do with the company’s search engine. Instead, the top search may involve finding a way to pay the massive fine that can be levied on Google any moment by FTC.
Although the amount would not be of a wholly detrimental or company-collapsing magnitude, the penalty will definitely hurt Google financially and damage its reputation as well. Last weekend, some published reports indicated that Google may be fined ten million dollars… or more.
The penalty stems back to the company’s alleged creation and deployment of false code meant to willfully work around user privacy settings in Safari.
The fine could amount to more than $10 million dollars, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential. The fine would be the first by the FTC for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.
Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, told Bloomberg:
“Google is quickly becoming the privacy problem child for regulators in the U.S. and Europe. The Commission’s work to enforce its consent decree with Google shows there’s a real regulatory cop on the digital beat.”
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