NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Google co-founder Sergey Brin opens the internet company's new office space inside historic Chelsea Market June 23, 2008 in New York City. The new space, which is across the street from the older Google office, will house around 300 employees bringing the total number of Google employees in New York City to around 1,500. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sergey Brin
Google is ready to pay $22.5 million in a privacy settlement, according to report released late Monday.
The fine is the largest placed on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Wall Street Journal reported. The $22.5 million fine is related to "surreptitiously bypassing" privacy settings of Apple users.
Apparently Google had computer code that would allow Apple's Web browser, Safari, to give it access to users that blocked tracking. Google disabled the code in February and said that the tracking was "inadvertent."