Google reaching settlement with FTC for privacy issue

Jul 10, 2012 15:31:46Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Google reaching settlement with FTC for privacy issue

A settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission is close to completion, and it could result in Google paying a $22.5 million fine due to an internet privacy issue with Apple, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Google is charged with finding a loophole in Apple's privacy settings, allowing the search engine to still track those using Safari Web-browsing software - even if the user blocked the tracking, according to the news source. Although Google said the tracking did not cause harm to the consumers, it did go against Google's reassurance that Apple users could rely on Safari's privacy settings.

The settlement still needs final approval, and the amount could change before the decision is announced to the public, the media outlet reports.

According to the Los Angeles Times, if the settlement does amount to $22.5 million, it will be the largest penalty ever put forth by the FTC. However, it will not be the most Google has ever paid. The internet giant had to pay $500 million when the Justice Department fined them for allegedly promoting the sale of illegal prescription drugs in August 2011.