Google expected to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy charges.

Google privacy settlementGoogle is close to paying a record settlement to resolve charges related to bypassing Apple user privacy settings, the reports said.

Google is expected to pay $22.5 million to settle charges it bypass user privacy settings in Apple’s Safari Web browser, the largest penalty the US Federal Trade Commission has ever charged against a single company, the reports said.

The charges include Google’s use of special computer code, or cookies, to trick Apple’s Safari browser thus Google could monitor users that had blocked such tracking, the reports said.

According to Google, tracking of Apple users was unintended and did not cause any harm to consumers, the reported.

Google also faces latent sanctions from other governments. It is being examined by the European Union to decide if the company satisfy Europe’s stricter privacy laws, the sources said.

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