July 11, 2012, 3:00 am

Google to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy charges

Reuters | Google Inc is close to settling charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Google will pay $22.5 million to settle the matter, said one of the sources, who spoke privately to protect relationships.

The fine would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal which reported the potential settlement late on Monday.

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