Google may cop $10m fine for Safari gaffe

 

US authorities prepare case.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could fine Google US$10 million for circumventing privacy protections in Apple’s iPhone and iPad browser, Safari.

The regulator is preparing a case on the basis that Google deceived consumers, Bloomberg reported, citing a source familiar with the case.

The FTC will allege that Google broke a 2011 agreement with the commission over an earlier privacy gaffe.

The FTC began investigating Google's latest alleged breach in March this year, shortly after Stanford University graduate student Jonathan Mayer discovered Google “immunised” itself from Safari’s cookie blocking policy using a specially-crafted IFrame. 

The potential fine comes as European data protection authorities consider widening ongoing investigations into Google’s StreetView global wi-fi ‘war driving’ privacy breach, the New York Times reported last week. 

Privacy regulators in the Netherlands and Germany claimed Google had duped them during their investigations, following Google’s release of the Federal Communications Commission’s report of its US investigation, which revealed several Google employees knew StreetView cars were harvesting private data from unencrypted wireless access points. 

The FCC found Google had not breached US laws, but fined it US$25,000 for obstructing its investigation.

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