Forden reports, “The FTC is preparing to allege that Mountain View, California-based Google deceived consumers and violated terms of a consent decree signed with the commission last year when it planted so-called cookies on Safari, bypassing Apple software’s privacy settings, the person said.”
“Google signed a consent decree with the FTC last year in which it agreed it used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies in introducing the Buzz social-networking service in 2010. The 20-year settlement bars Google from misrepresenting how it handles user information and requires the company to follow policies that protect consumer data in new products,” Forden reports. “The FTC has the authority to levy fines for violations of its consent decrees of up to $16,000 per day per violation.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, what a deterrent; even if it was 10 times more. How will Google ever come up with the money?
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