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Google fined $22.5M for privacy 'misrepresentations'

Original post made on Aug 9, 2012

Google will be required to pay a $22.5 million penalty after the Federal Trade Commission charged the Mountain View-based Internet search giant with misrepresenting its privacy settings to its users.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 9, 2012, 9:55 AM

Comments

Posted by blame, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

I blame Apple, not Google, for Apple's insecure web browser.


Posted by wow, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Of course you do. Google's wilful and fraudulent misrepresentations are entirely beside the point. Why should Google be penalized for lying to the FTC. Just because Google circumvented apple's privacy settings is also beside the point.

The point is Apple is the culprit because...because... because you say so. Let's not let the facts stand in the way of who we want to blame.


Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Maybe it's too late to be asking this question, but what gives the FTC the power over the "planting of cookies" on my, or anyone's machines? Is there Federal legislation effectively declaring "cookies" some sort of "controlled substance"?

Or is the FTC off sticking its nose in somewhere it doesn't really have the authority to be?