The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday that Google will pay $22.5 million to settle charges that the search giant "secretly bypassed the privacy settings of millions of people who use Apple devices." The penalty is the largest the FTC has ever levied against a company for violating an order. Google denies the allegations — that it used computer code to trick Apple's Safari web browser into allowing Google to monitor users via small files called cookies. Nevertheless, the search giant will have to pay the fine, a relative pittance considering that the tech giant pulled in $37.8 billion in revenue last year.
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