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Google to Get $22.5 Million Wrist Slap: WSJ

The fine is reportedly the largest the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied

Google is reportedly close to paying a $22.5 million fine to settle charges that it secretly bypassed the privacy settings of millions of Apple users.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "the charges involve Google's use of a special computer code to trick Apple's Safari web-browsing software into letting it monitor users that had blocked such tracking" on their computers and iPhones.

Google claims it was inadvertent.

The fine is reportedly the largest the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied.

Google signed a consent decree with the agency just last October, pledging not to misrepresent its privacy policies to consumers. The paper says the penalty for violating the agreement is $16,000 per violation per day.

The FTC's board of commissioners has to approve the deal.

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