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Google to Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Privacy Charges

Google Inc. (GOOG) has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges for misleading users about its tracking activities on Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) Safari browser, the regulatory agency said.The penalty is the largest-ever FTC penalty for violating a commission order. It comes amid mounting privacy concerns related to the vast amount of information collected by technology companies through browsers, websites, social media and cell phones.A representative from Google was not immediately available for comment.For several months in 2011 and 2012, the FTC charged, Google placed advertising tracking cookies on the computers of Safari users who visited sites within Google's DoubleClick advertising network, though the company had previously told users that they would automatically opt out of this tracking through the browser's default settings.Safari is the browser installed on Apple's Macs, iPhones and iPads.Google also represented itself as a member of the Network Advert...

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