Reports surfaced Tuesday that suggest Internet search giant Google will face a substantial penalty as punishment for allegedly bypassing user privacy settings for countless individuals using Apple’s Safari browser.
“Members of the Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability,” one source admitted to Reuters this morning.
It is widely expected that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will publicly confirm and announce the fine before week’s end.
The probe was prompted by allegations that Google used computer code known as “cookies” to trick Apple’s Safari browser so Google could monitor users who had blocked such tracking.
Google adamantly maintains that no wrongdoing was committed and that no personal information from users was ever collected.
For now, all parties involved are remaining relatively quiet until further details emerge in public.