Google to pay $22.5 million to settle Safari privacy charges

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that Google will pay $22.5 million in order to settle a charge that the Internet giant ignored privacy settings on Apple’s Safari web browser and tracked users. The FTC says that Google bypassed Safari’s security settings by using invisible web forms that placed third-party cookies on users’ devices.б═

The settlement is part of the FTCБ─≥s ongoing efforts make sure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to consumers, and is the largest penalty the agency has ever obtained for a violation of a Commission order. In addition to the civil penalty, the order also requires Google to disable all the tracking cookies it had said it would not place on consumersБ─≥ computers.