Google agrees to record $22.5M fine on privacy

In this his June 27, 2012 photo, Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. On Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced a record fine to settle a case over whether unauthorized changes Google made to privacy settings in Safari Web browsers violated an agreement prohibiting the company from misleading consumers. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is paying a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple's Safari browser.

The penalty announced Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission matches the figure that The Associated Press and other media outlets had reported last month. It's the largest fine that the FTC has imposed against a company for violating a previous agreement with the agency.