Google to pay cookie privacy fine to FTC

  • 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.