We recently heard that Google had been fined a total of $22.5 million by the Federal Trade Commission over the recent privacy breach with Apple’s Safari browser.
The FTC has now released an official statement confirming that they have reached an agreement with Google, and Google will be fined a total of $22.5 million.
The settlement is part of the FTC’s ongoing efforts make sure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to consumers, and is the largest penalty the agency has ever obtained for a violation of a Commission order. In addition to the civil penalty, the order also requires Google to disable all the tracking cookies it had said it would not place on consumers’ computers.
“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.”
Whilst this is one of the largest fines levied on a company by the FTC, it is hardly a large amount to Google who earns billions of dollars in revenue each year.