Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Google Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Alphabet Inc.
Penalty: 
$22,500,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
August 9, 2012
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
privacy violation
Violation Description: 

Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented to users of Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Federal Trade Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
California
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
information technology
Specific Industry of Parent: 
internet services
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Parent company note: 
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