Google and FTC Near Deal for Record $22.5 Million Fine over Safari Privacy Circumvention

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are nearing a deal that would see Google paying a record $22.5 million fine over its tactics to circumvent privacy settings in Safari on iOS to track users' behavior.
    The case centers on a loophole in Safari's default privacy settings, with Google taking advantage of the hole to make the browser think that the user was interacting with a given ad, thus allowing a tracking cookie to be installed. With that cookie installed, it became easy for Google to add additional cookies and to track users across the web as they visited other sites displaying ads from Google's networks.

    Google has argued that the tracking was unintentional and that it did not harm consumers, but the Federal Trade Commission pointed to previous statements by Google regarding Safari's privacy settings as evidence that the company was misrepresenting its privacy practices.

    Google's tactics are also under scrutiny from a number of state attorneys general, who may yet pursue additional action against the company.

    Article Link: Google and FTC Near Deal for Record $22.5 Million Fine over Safari Privacy Circumvention
  2. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    They deserve it. They shouldn't find exploits just for their advantage and violate users.
  3. Aodhan macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    Even though Chrome sounds like a good browser, this is why I don't use it. I just do not trust Google. I just get the sinking feeling years from now we'll find out Google has been tracking everything you do in your browser.
  4. \-V-/ macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2012
    More reason not to use Chrome. Then again... if there's data you don't want to be used this way in general, you shouldn't be putting it online. Still a lame move on Google's part.
  5. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Well. you can bet chrome does same kind of tracking
  6. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    putting online and surfing the web are totally different things. You should be able to surf around and not have Google tracking you.
  7. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    Yeah, this really did tarnish Googles otherwise chromy reputation (all puns fully intended)
  8. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    This will hit Google hard. They won’t easily swallow that amount, at least at first

    But then they’ll lift a second sofa cushion. Problem solved!
  9. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    It's pretty awesome that the fine is substantial as opposed to a simple slap on the wrist and being told not to do it again.

    I didn't use Google services much at all before this story first broke and stopped using Google almost completely afterward.

    It's also nice to see Apple moving away from Google as a business partner and perhaps this story will cause many of the consistent Google users to reconsider their use.
  10. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
  11. vampyr macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2008
    I liked Google back when they created a good search engine.

    Now I hate Google because they have littered the internet with advertising.
  12. Pivs macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2012
    Pretty sure they're already tracking us and not just in the browser. Give the privacy policy a read It's pretty enlightening and also a little creepy in my opinion.
  13. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    Every now and again I start thinking "you know....Google isn't all that bad. Maybe I'll start using some more of their services".

    Then articles like this come out and I remember why I quit using their stuff in the first place.
  14. bryanescuela Suspended

    Jun 27, 2008
  15. CAO 303 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
  16. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Stepped up evil -> stepped up fines. Makes perfect sense.


    And they've even polluted their own search results with pay-for-placement ads.
    How the mighty have fallen.
  17. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    It seems that Google can no longer fool regulators.
  18. serogers1970 macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2009
    Sacramento Area, Ca
    Or go with Yahoo. Yahoo has always been my homepage/email/search engine.
    Too bad Firefox has gone to complete crap in the past year (AKA past 10 full number updates). Not a fan of any of the three browsers, but Chrome is the lesser of the three evils in my opinion.
  19. dokujaryu macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
    Yet another example of how suing companies for things like this makes no difference. Google won't even feel that. Just making them admit they hacked browsers will cost them more in brand damages.
  20. flipnap macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2012
    ever since google got busted driving around europe stealing wifi data, then saying "oh we didnt know we were doing that, its a bug" i stopped trusting them.. and once again theyre showing what kind of snakes they are. They couldve been a really cool company and gone far but greed is a powerful force.
  21. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    To be perfectly honest, I don't understand why people freak out about these "privacy concerns." It's not like they're stealing your social security number or your credit cards, they're tracking your web habits to better tailor their services to you. I'd rather have ads specifically designed for me than just random whatever. They're not tricking me into buying anything, they're just saying hey, you looked at recently, here's what they offer if you're still interested.
  22. louis Fashion macrumors 6502a

    louis Fashion

    Jan 22, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    show me the money

    Hey wait, they track ME and the GOVERNMENT gets the fine cash?
    I want my cut.

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