Federal Trade Commission
Google was set to pay a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple’s Safari browser.
Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking the online activities of millions of people who use Apple’s Safari web browser.
The FTC had charged that the social network told people they could keep the information they share private, then allowed it to be made public.
Google has confirmed that federal regulators have begun a formal antitrust investigation into the company’s business practices.
A published report said federal regulators were preparing to issue subpoenas to Google and other companies as authorities gather information for a broad antitrust probe into the Internet search leader’s business practices.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has announced plans to file a complaint with federal regulators over a Facebook feature that scans photographs and identifies users’ faces without their consent.
A “Do Not Track” bill was introduced in Congress Friday and consumer and privacy advocates are applauding the move.
The Commerce Department is calling for the creation of a “privacy bill of rights” for Internet users to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and other purposes.