In February, it was revealed by The Wall Street Journal that Google had been monitoring Safari user’s browsing habits despite privacy settings. As it turned out, this was code that Google added to the Safari browser to allow users to remain signed in to its Google+ social network and access the “+1” button when browsing sites.
By April, the Federal Trade Commission began an investigation into Google’s shady practices, to determine whether Google violated the terms of a privacy settlement that it agreed to back when Google Buzz was around. Google has apparently been found guilting, because according to Bloomberg, the Mountain View company is now negotiating a fine with the Federal Trade Commission.
Bloomberg’s anonymous contact, who clued the news site into the investigation, says that the fine could end up being more than $10 million dollars, which is a hefty chunk of change.
Google’s fine, if enforced, will be the first by the FTC for a violation of Internet privacy, and the FTC has concluded that Google deceived its consumers when it nefariously overrode Apple software’s privacy settings by allowing cookies on mobile Safari, said the source.