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FCC reportedly approves $22.5 million Google fine for Safari cookie scandal

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We heard that the FCC and Google were near a $22.5 million settlement for Google's part in circumventing Safari users' cookie privacy settings, and now Reuters is reporting that the FCC has voted to approve the fine, with an official announcement expected in the next few days.

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iOS Safari Cookies Settings 640

We heard that the FCC and Google were near a $22.5 million settlement for Google's part in circumventing Safari users' cookie privacy settings, and now Reuters is reporting that the FCC has voted to approve the fine, with an official announcement expected in the next few days. Rather than a straight fine, this settlement is being described as a "consent decree," which allows Google to settle with the FCC without admitting liability. The crux of this issue comes from a discovery earlier this year that Google (as well as other ad networks) were circumventing Safari privacy settings which allowed the companies to deposit cookies, despite browser settings that shouldn't have allowed that behavior. This was an issue for both the desktop and mobile versions of Safari — not to mention the fact that Google reportedly did the same thing to Internet Explorer. Still, it sounds like Google will be out of hot water for this Safari issue within the next few days.