FTC Fines Google for Breaching Safari

Google is again facing a new case, but this time they are not defending it, instead they are ready to pay the penalty.

The Mountain View, California-based Google is said to be negotiating with the FTC regarding the penalty or how much they have to pay for breaching the Safari Internet browser that Apple Inc. made, according to a person who is knowledgeable about the matter.

The fine could possibly reach over $10 million dollars, according to the person, who refused to be acknowledged for the reason that negotiations are private. The penalty will be the very first by the Federal Trade Commission for a breach of Internet privacy.

The Federal Trade Commission is getting ready to allege Google that they tricked people and breached agreements signed with the agency a year ago when the search engine company planted cookies to bypass Apple’s privacy settings on Safari, according to the source.

“We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions,” according Google spokesman Chris Gaither in a statement.

The planted cookies allowed Google to get around the privacy protections of Safari to direct targeted advertising at people using Apple’s browser on iPhones, iPads, laptops, and computers. Google said that they did not expect this to happen and since the discovery, they are cleaning and removing the files.

The violation in privacy settings in Safari was first discovered by Jonathan Mayer, a Standford researcher. He published a post about this matter in his blog.