Google may have been tracking you, even after your browser told it not to
Call it another black eye for Google, a company governed by the motto "Don't Be Evil." After a months' long investigation, Google is getting close to a deal with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to settle allegations of bypassing privacy settings on Apple devices.
Google had been using special programming code to track users of Apple's Safari browser, even when those users chose to disallow Google to do so via Safari's settings. The practice was discovered earlier this year by The Wall Street Journal, and disabled by Google quickly after.
According to the terms of the tentative agreement with federal investigators, Google will pay a total of $22.5 million in fines. Google has supposedly agreed to the payment, though the final numbers must still be approved by FTC commissioners.
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