Google To Pay $22.5 Million To Settle Over Safari Cookie Issue
Google will soon be paying $22.5 million as part of a fine imposed by the Federal Trade Commission. Google bypassed the security settings on Apple’s Safari browser to place third-party tracking cookies there. The Wall Street Journal reports that this settlement will be the “largest penalty ever levied” against one company. But the fine represents a tiny portion of Google’s revenues. You may remember that Google had to pay $500 million to settle Justice Department allegations that the search engine company accepted ads for illegal sales of generic drugs. Google’s Safari security bypass was discovered by Stanford graduate student Jonathan Mayer, who published research showing how Google loopholes around the Safari browser.