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Google Slapped With $22.5 Million Fine For Tracking Apple Safari Users

Google's privacy headaches continued as the Federal Trade Commission hit Google with a $22.5 million fine for overzealous data collection practices.

According to the Associated Press, the FTC began looking into the matter six months ago after a Stanford University researcher found that Google had bypassed security mechanisms in Apple's Safari browser designed to prevent tracking of users' web surfing habits.

For a company that flies the "Don't Be Evil" flag, this sort of thing is going to inevitably trigger snickering within the IT industry.