Sara Forden, reporting for Bloomberg:
Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that (FCC) it breached Apple Inc. Safari Internet browser.
The fine, the largest ever the FTC has levied against a company, represents the first by the agency for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.
FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz:
The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order.
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.