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Google to pay $22.5 million due to Safari privacy breach

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Google to pay $22.5 million due to Safari privacy breach
Earlier this year, it was found out that Google search has been flirting a bit with mobile Safari's privacy settings, and while this might seem as an innocent love affair to you, the Federal Trade Commission sees this as a kind of security breach that has to be punished! Earlier rumors indicated that the fine Google will probably have to pay may exceed $10 million, but now, thanks to CNN sources that are said to be familiar with the matter, we know that the fine will actually be "a bit" heftier: $22,5 million.

Apparently, Google has also sent a "statement" to CNN, revealing their position regarding the case:

We cannot comment on any specifics. However we do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users.

Well, highest standards or not, it looks like someone's going to hand over the cash. The fact that Google was recently accused of storing private data broadcast by unsecured Wi-Fi with its street-view cars probably hasn't helped either. Truth be told, there still isn't any specific evidence that this is all Google's fault, but nonetheless, it's the FTC's job to make sure that it never is.

source: CNN via SlashGear

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posted on 12 Jul 2012, 03:03 8

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Ray, it is Safari, not Safary.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 03:09 1

3. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Oops, I fixed it. Thanks!

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 03:04 13

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It was a Safari issue, not Google's.

f**king dumbasses.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 04:06 2

5. paulyyd (Posts: 339; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

@snig Right, the FTC is wrong cause you think so. Lol keep on dreaming bud

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 04:14 2

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The FTC is fining Google because Google used a technical workaround to keep selling ads in the Safari browser. Problem is, the workaround had unintended consequences. As soon as the problem was discovered, it was fixed.

It helps for you to read the goddamn article, you know.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:00 1

14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Don't forget to read the FTC version, which is probably more accurate. The problem with news articles is that they are mostly sound bites to fill dead space.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 05:09 2

11. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Really? Then you go and kick out all FTC guys and sit there. Looks like these guys are not genius as like you.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 05:17 1

13. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Stealing mocality database also mocalitys fault. Because mocality made data available to Google. Right Sniggly? LOL.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 05:10 1

12. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

So, Google has to pay because safari 's security was easily bypassed ?
Smh just smh

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:51

15. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Now Apple needs to be forced to pay all the Safari users who had their security compromised instead of some executive getting a fat wallet. If all these guys can sue each other for security breaches we should do the same for their buggy software we have been dealing with and having forced upgrades (that cost) to fix bugs instead of them taking responsibility.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 10:34 1

16. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Apple needs to be fined as well for the security loophole, and they should thank Google for pointing that out and make Safari a little more secure.

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