Google agrees to pay $17 million for skirting Safari privacy
posted by Michael H. / Nov 18, 2013, 4:18 PM
Google used a WebKit exploit (which Google itself patched and submitted back to the open-source WebKit, but which Apple never adopted in Safari) to secretly store cookies on user devices. Google has always maintained that it was all a mistake, no personal data was ever acquired, and users were never tracked. But it also appears Google understands it won't win the case in court, and as such has agreed to settle with 37 states and Washington, D.C..
The settlement also includes rules which essentially tell Google to not do it again. In addition to the $17 million, Google has promised to not deploy code overriding cookie settings without user consent, improve information given to users, and more.
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All your Info are Belong to us --Google
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 4:19 PM 6
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I don't thing Google would release such a grammatically broken statement.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 6:43 PM 5
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Google is starting to become annoying these days.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 4:34 PM 5
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posted on Nov 18, 2013, 8:14 PM 0
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Bad google, 17 million in time out for you. That's like $17 for me.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 4:42 PM 1
Exactly lol. Pocket change. There should be better consequenced fines taking place for big boy companies like Apple, Google, and others. Ever heard of Switz's system for speeding violations? "Switzerland doesn't have fixed fines for speeding. Instead they use a formula similar to that in Finland where the fine is calculated based on the vehicle's speed and the driver's income. Back in 2002, Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki had to pay a fine of $103,600 for going 47 mph in a 31 mph zone."
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 5:34 PM 2
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honestly that is the way it should be. In america its the opposite, the police officer wouldnt even write the ticket on an executive for fear of his job. But if its some poor sap? Hit em with everything.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 7:17 PM 2
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Google has got to stop using the "No harm, no foul" excuse. It's getting old.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 4:45 PM 4
I guess I'm the only person who isn't bothered by this.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 5:37 PM 5
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I don't care because I don't even see ads on my android devices. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 6:28 PM 0
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Samsung will be BY FAR THE no.1 when it comes down to the sum they gonna pay for a fine for leaking confidential information the COURT EXPRESSLY ORDERED NOT TO. It isn't about harm anymore, but a LESSON the COURT HAS TO GIVE. It gonna hurt.
posted on Nov 18, 2013, 6:29 PM 0
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