Will Google Get Slapped For Bypassing Safari Privacy Settings?

You might recall that Google got caught bypassing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser. Well the FTC wasn’t impressed with that and the news is circulating that the search engine giant is about to get fined sometime in the next 30 days:

The Federal Trade Commission is deep into an investigation of Google’s actions in bypassing the default privacy settings of Apple’s (AAPL) Safari browser for Google users, according to sources familiar with ongoing negotiations between the company and the government.

Within the next 30 days, the FTC could order the Mountain View search giant to pay an even larger fine in the Safari case than the penalty the Federal Communications Commission hit Google with Friday, say the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

I should also make a note of the fact that Google was recently fined $25000 last Friday for violations relating to their Street View cars [Warning: Somewhat redacted PDF]. So this is clearly not good news for Google. Perhaps they’ll smarten up and take privacy seriously.

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