According to a Reuters report citing “two people familiar with the matter,” U.S. FTC regulators will require Google Inc. to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser.

“The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record,” Reuters reports. “An official announcement is expected within days, the second source said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Some penalty. Google wipes their collective ass with more than that each and every day.

And, why is Google allowed to settle at all? What’s their leverage? If they did something wrong that requires a fine, why are they allowed to negotiate things like no admission of liability? Why are they allowed to negotiate anything at all? If you steal somebody’s credit card, go on a shopping spree, and get caught, do they fingerprint you, take your mugshot and then sit down to negotiate your sentence? Is the reason so that Google can escape civil actions on the part of millions of affected Safari users who had their privacy settings bypassed? If so, why are they allowed to escape with a slap on the wrist they won’t even notice along with no admission of liability? If so, why is the ability of Safari users to seek recompense impeded?

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