Google to pay cookie privacy fine to FTC
July 11 , 2012
Google is to pay the largest fine ever imposed on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the search giant is close to agreeing to pay $22.5 million to settle a privacy complaint.
This comes after an earlier report revealed Google had bypassed a "do not track" setting selected in Apple's Safari web browser.
Google has maintained that its action had been an unintentional mistake.
In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that a Stanford University researcher had noticed that Google had exploited a loophole in Safari.
It allowed Google's cookies to be installed via adverts on popular websites even if users' browsers' preferences had been set to reject them.