FTC Slaps Google With $25M Privacy Penalty
Google Inc. was slapped with a huge penalty from the FTC for privacy violations. It is close to a deal to pay $22.5 million to settle charges related to its surreptitious bypassing of the privacy settings of millions of Apple Inc. users, according to officials briefed on the settlement terms. The fine is expected to be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the FTC. It offers the latest sign of the FTC's stepped-up approach to policing online privacy violations.