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Google Inc will pay $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.
The deal ends an FTC probe into allegations that Google used computer code known as "cookies" to trick Apple's Safari browser on iPhones and iPads, so that Google could monitor users who had blocked such tracking.
A REAL fine would take away 70-80% of their revenue every quarter going forward, then send them an automated letter stating they are in violation of US laws and business quality guidelines. Point them to the Justice Dept legal library in Wash DC, and let Google spend 9-12 months trying to figure out what they did wrong. Finally, when they feel its corrected, allow them to file a reconsideration request.
The squeaky clean tech nerd persona is gone.