Google is reportedly negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over how big a fine it will have to pay for its breach of Apple’s Safari Internet browser, a person familiar with the matter said.
The fine could amount to more than $10 million dollars, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential.The Safari breach was first identified by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer, who published a blog on his discoveries Feb. 16.
The cookies allowed Google to bypass Safari’s built-in privacy protections to aim targeted advertising at Safari users. Google said at the time it “didn’t anticipate this would happen” and that it was removing the files since discovering the slip and cooperating with officials investigating the matter.
The FTC has the authority to levy fines for violations of its consent decrees of up to $16,000 per day per violation. Do you think it was fair of Google to do that? If so should they get fined? Let me know in the comments!