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This is the largest ever given by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

It has been confirmed that Google will pay $22.5 million to settle its case with Apple regarding bypassing Safari's security settings.

This move was predicted last month, when reports started circulating that Google's possible $22.5 million fine in the case would be the largest ever given by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Google was charged with bypassing Apple Safari user privacy settings in order to track people who had previously blocked that type of tracking. Google used special computer cookies to accomplish this. These third-party cookies are used to track what users are doing on the Internet, which in turn helps Web giants like Google target users with suitable advertisements.
However, the Wall Street Journal ended up outing Google for placing the ad-tracking cookies on Safari users.

Google was able to successfully get past Safari's browser settings for privacy, which attempts to block certain types of cookies. Safari accepts first-party cookies (the Web site the user is on) or second-party cookies (the user's browser), but blocks third-party cookies, which links the browser to an entirely different Web site. The mobile version of Safari, which can be found on iOS devices, has the ability to block all cookies or none at all.

Google responded to the charges by saying that the tracking was unintentional, and that no harm came from the company's inadvertent actions.

"The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page," said Google. "We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies."

But that's not stopping the FTC from slamming Google with the huge fine. Google wasn't required to admit any wrongdoing in the case to receive the charges/fine.

"No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers," said Jon Leibowitz, FTC chairman.

Google was ordered to disable the tracking cookies that were placed on Safari users.

Source: Reuters

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How is this in any way correct?
By Shadowself on 8/10/2012 12:57:03 PM , Rating: 4
It has been confirmed that Google will pay $22.5 million to settle its case with Apple regarding bypassing Safari's security settings.

This is not a Google case "with" Apple. This is not a case between Google and Apple. Google is not suing Apple. Apple is not suing Google. Google is not paying Apple anything (let alone $22.5 milion) or expected to pay Apple anything. Apple is not paying anything to Google. This is not a case of Google *and* Apple (Google "with" Apple) against anyone else. This is not a case of anyone else against Google *and* Apple.

This had virtually nothing to do with Apple other than Google found an easy way around Apple's privacy implementation (a pretty stupidly simple implementation on Apple's part for not *really* sandboxing where cookies went). Google implemented that tracking contrary to user's desires. Google got outed. The FTC smacked them. Apple was just a dumb bystander. The user got targeted with Google ads when they didn't want to be. Apple never got hurt at all and Apple did not benefit from this final outcome.

RE: How is this in any way correct?
By Belard on 8/10/2012 1:44:17 PM , Rating: 1
Apple smiled....

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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