FTC's record-setting $22.5m against Google approved

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A federal judge has approved a record-setting $22.5 million FTC fine against Google, resolving allegations that Google made privacy-related misrepresentations to users of Apple's Safari browser.

Washington, DC – A federal judge has approved a record-setting $22.5 million fine against Google by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The fine resolves allegations that Google made misrepresentations to users of Apple’s Safari web browser about the placement of ad tracking cookies and the serving of targeted ads, in violation of a previous FTC settlement.

The fine is the largest in FTC history for violation of an administrative order.

David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, called the approval “a clear victory for consumers and privacy.”

This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.

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FTC – press release

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