August 9, 2012
Google, the leading provider of online ads on the Web, has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle a dispute with the Federal Trade Commission. Google was recently fined that amount for violating browser settings in Safari, according to MarketWatch. In February, the FTC began investigating claims that Google had bypassed security settings on Apple’s Internet browser. Last month, the government determined that Google and other ad companies had installed tracking cookies on devices and computers without consent. According to the report, Google will pay the penalty to settle the dispute. The FTC said Google’s actions had violated an earlier privacy settlement between the government and the Mountain View, Calif. company.