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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Internet |

Google could pay a fine of $ 22.5 million for violating the privacy of Safari

Google could pay a fine of $ 22.5 million for violating the privacy of Safari

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is close to reaching an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. to pay a for $22.5 million for violating the privacy of users of Safari from Apple, to ignore the setting of “no trace” the browser to display advertising.

Because Google violated an agreement he had with the U.S. government signed in October, where he said he would not deceive users about the Privacy settings to establish, to pay a fine of $16,000 for each day used the system to bypass the “no trace”.

integrates a system default that blocks third party cookies, that the habits of users can be tracked by these files. Google used an exploit in Safari cookies to enter equally. According to the company, was unintentional and only happened to users who were browsing with your Google Account activated and had chosen to see personalized ads.

On discovering the problem, Google released an update for WebKit that solved the exploit, who declined insisitendo cause harm to users. Still, the ftc said that in 2009, Google promised that users would rely on the privacy settings so that cookies Safari did not enter your computer. Google recently changed that part.

If the FTC reached an agreement with Google for the payment of USD $22.5 million for this case, it is the largest fine issued to a single company by this entity to date.

Link: Google may pay $ 22.5 million penalty for Safari Ignoring Do Not Track (Ars Technica)

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