strongSan Fransisco:/strong Google is paying a $22.5 million fine to settle the latest regulatory case questioning the Internet search leader's respect for people's privacy and the integrity of its internal controls.
The penalty announced Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission matches the figure reported by emThe Associated Press/em and other media outlets last month. It's the most that the FTC has ever fined a company for a civil violation.
The rebuke resolves the FTC's allegations that Google Inc duped millions of Web surfers who use Apple Inc's Safari browser.
Google had assured people that it wouldn't monitor their online activities, as long as they didn't change the browser settings to permit the tracking.
Google broke that promise, according to the FTC, by creating a technological loophole that enabled the company's DoubleClick advertising network to shadow unwitting Safari users. That tracking gave DoubleClick a better handle on what kinds of marketing pitches to show them.
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