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Google will pay $22.5 million to settle FTC privacy breach case

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jul 31st, 2012 3:45PM EDT

In line with reports from earlier this month, Google (GOOG) has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission. Reuters reports that the FTC has voted to approve the settlement, and Google will not have to admit any wrongdoing according to the terms of the agreement. The FTC launched an investigation earlier this year surrounding accusations that Google was violating Internet safeguards by circumventing privacy settings in Apple’s (AAPL) Safari Web browser in order to serve targeted ads. Google was allegedly bypassing the privacy settings of millions of Safari users by using a special code to install cookies on users’ computers even when such actions were supposed to be blocked by the browser.

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.