Google Could Be Fined More than $10 Million for Bypassing Apple’s Safari


In mid-February, the WSJ reported Google had allegedly breached the security of Apple’s Safari browser, by forcing users to accept cookies from third parties. Google is now negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on how much of a fine it will have to pay, reports Bloomberg:

The fine could amount to more than $10 million dollars, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential. The fine would be the first by the FTC for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of the Web.

The FTC is preparing to allege that Mountain View, California-based Google deceived consumers and violated terms of a consent decree signed with the commission last year when it planted so-called cookies on Safari, bypassing Apple software’s privacy settings, the person said.

Below is a graphic of how Google managed to bypass the privacy settings of Safari:

Ouch. Don’t be evil, right?

[via Bloomberg]


  • DefiningSound

    Wow! On any site, I always worry that when I get a popup, the entire ad is actually a giant “OK” button, agreeing to install malware. So by clicking X, or cancel, or OK, or anything… I’ll be screwed. So I usually use the old ‘ctrl-F4’ just in case. But this idea, of having a banner script that immediately submits a form, and in doing so fakes “interaction” with the form… well it’s like Google decided to create my feared giant OK button, and did so well that you don’t have to click anything at all! Long live AdBlocker for iOS, download it while it’s free (and thanks for that free AdBlocker tip last week iPh in CAD crew)!

  • Cheers 🙂

  • nosnoop

     Not sure why you are worried and what the big fuss is all about.

    It is just some tracking cookies, for goodness sake.

    I certainly won’t lose any sleep over it.   And I personally would not bother deleting them or clearing them even if I know there are some residing in my PC right now.

  • randyritraj

     Not sure if anyone else has noticed this but on an iPhone 4S jailbroken on 5.0.1, adblocker prevents Whatsapp from working – it won’t connect.  Disabling adblocker allows Whatsapp to connect immediately.