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Google fined over Safari cookie privacy dispute

  • Google is set to pay the largest fine ever imposed on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    The firm agreed to pay $22.5 million after monitoring Internet surfers using Apple's Safari browser who had a "do not track" privacy setting selected.

    Google does not have to admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

    The penalty is for misrepresentation rather than the methods it used to sidestep Safari's tracker cookie settings.

    Apple's browser automatically rejects tracking cookies. Google bypassed this by adding code to some of its adverts to make Safari think the user had made an exception for its cookie if they clicked on the ad.