Google is in settlement talks with the Federal Trade Commission after it admitted to breaching the Privacy settings on Apple Inc.’s Safari web browser.
A Bloomberg report indicates the settlement could top $10 million and will be the second fine against the search engine giant and Web service provider used by millions, if not more, users worldwide. The company is accused of deceiving millions of users and for breaking the terms of a settlement reached last year with the FTC for violations incurred using its defunct Google Buzz service.
In these accusations, Google allegedly bypassed the security settings on Safari. It did this to allow users to click or press a [+1] button on ads inside the Apple-exclusive browser. The [+1] button is connected with Google’s Google+ social networking experiment. GoogleBuzz could be considered its predecessor but largely failed due to a lack of users, especially when compared with sites like Facebook.
A report at ZdNet.com indicates Google has acknowledged its wrongdoing but there is no word of whether the terms of the FTC settlement in the works will require the company to admit that publicly. The report states:
Google used website code to set tracking cookies to allow its Google+ social networking users to access the ‘+1? button within advertisements. The company admitted to the practice, saying it “created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google’s servers,” but since stopped.