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Google will pay $22.5 million for spying on users of Safari

Google will pay $ 22.5 million for spying on users of Safari

A judge has approved the fine and agreement between and the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. A figure, as required of a single company, which the giant pay $22.5 million for track illegally users through advertising cookies.

The penalty is an agreement that would come after Google and the FTC had revealed the news that in the past the Wall Street Journal. An information that revealed how the giant would have found a way to accommodate teams cookies in Safari users without their consent. A formula which could have been collecting personal information from all of them.

Google initially defended the practice saying that did not collect users’ private information. Something that, although it might be true, they could not prove. The browser does not allow third-party cookies are activated, such as online advertising companies, without the user’s consent.

Apparently Google have managed to add a code to cookies DoubleClick advertising Safari so that the user thought had made an exception for cookie and therefore admitted. A practice that would have been used between 2011 and 2012.

After several months of litigation, the company had reached an agreement with the FTC in August, now approved by the District Judge Susan Illiston. An agreement by a fine considered the largest imposed by the Federal Trade Commission against one company. According to the judge, on charges of:

Place a cookie tracking advertising teams Safari the user visiting the Google advertising network DoubleClick.

Yet despite the $22.5 million to pay for the giant, Google could be for small change. The final report for the quarter ended in October ended with gains for Google’s 14 billion in revenue, the highest obtained to date by the company.

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