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Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google will reportedly be hit with a regulatory fine for bypassing Safari users' privacy settings. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will soon conclude its investigations and is expected to issue a fine within the next 30 days. The fine could be far greater than the $25,000 that Google was recently slapped with by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for privacy issues involving its Street View car.

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Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google has run afoul of privacy regulations again, this time involving its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser to track user activity. The news first broke when the WSJ reported that Google, along with a few other advertisers, had written a code to bypass Safari's default privacy controls, depositing cookies to track users' browsing habits in order to deliver targeted ads.

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Safari user sues Google over browser privacy

Safari user sues Google over browser privacy

And so it begins. An Apple user has filed suit against Google over the alleged bypassing of privacy settings on the Safari web browser. The story broke late last week when Google and several other web companies were accused of bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone and other Apple devices. Google had previously said that it would follow privacy settings that Safari uses.

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FTC investigation demanded over Google Safari tracking

FTC investigation demanded over Google Safari tracking

Google's alleged bypassing of Safari privacy settings looks likely to come under FTC investigation, after three US Congressmen contacted the Commission to see whether the search giant has violated its consent agreement. Republican Representatives Cliff Stearns of Florida and Joe Barton of Texas, and Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts, penned a letter expressing their concerns to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday, citing Google's recent - and contentious - privacy policy changes and describing the claims that the company tricked Safari into allowing users to be tracked as "a major concern."

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Microsoft blasts Google over Safari tracking

Microsoft blasts Google over Safari tracking

Microsoft has wasted no time in sniping at Google over claims the search company deliberately circumvented Apple's privacy systems in Safari so as to track users, pimping Internet Explorer in the process. "If you find this type of behavior alarming and want to protect your confidential information and privacy while you’re online" Ryan Gavin, IE business and marketing manager writes on the official Windows Team blog, "there are alternatives for you."

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