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After continuing to violate users’ privacy, Google gets an FTC wrist slap

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Remember that promise Google made to federal regulators a year ago that it would stop lying to users about its privacy practices. Turns out talk is cheap. And after continuing to secretly track millions of Web surfers who use Apple’s Safari browser, and paying the Federal Trade Commission a measly $22.5 million, it’s even cheaper than you might think. To put it in perspective, the FTC’s settlement with Google represents a tiny fraction of Google’s $2.79 billion quarterly profit reported in June.

Media aside: And yet media outlets, including AP technology writer Michael Liedtke, goes with a lede about the size of the settlement, as if it means anything.

And: Google admits no wrongdoing, naturally.
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