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Google to pay record fine for violating Apple users' privacy: report

(Xinhua)

15:49, July 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Google is close to paying a fine of 22.5 million U.S. dollars to settle charges that it bypassed Apple users' privacy settings to track their online activities, U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have agreed on the proposed settlement, which still requires final approval and may be changed before being announced to the public, officials familiar with the deal told The Wall Street Journal.

If the fine does come in at 22.5 million dollars, it will be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC, said the report.

The charges and the fine by the FTC came after reports in February that Google made an end run around a privacy setting in Apple's Safari browser, the default browser for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macintosh users, in order to track users' online activities.

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