The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed a USD $22.5 million settlement from Google because the search giant violated the privacy of users with Apple’s Safari browser.

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed a USD $22.5 million settlement from Google because the search giant violated the privacy of users with Apple’s Safari browser. 

Google’s settlement with the FTC is a record setting fine, and the FTC Chairman, John Leibowitz, intends to make an example out of Google. 

“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order. No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place,” Leibowitz said in a statement.

It is one thing to accidentally violate consumer’s privacy policy (is there such a thing?), but the FTC claims that Google purposely tracked Safari users’ cookies, despite having told users that they can opt out of such tracking. 

The FTC has ordered Google to disable all tracking cookies that are not allowed by users.  However, the words are out and Google is currently facing lawsuits from its users.

Data is perhaps one of the most valuable assets in today’s business world, but Google is using some questionable methods for obtaining it.