Google, FTC Settlement Can Face Consumer Group Challenge

A public interest group won the right to oppose a $22.5 million consumer lawsuit settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc. over a privacy breach of Apple Inc.’s Safari browser.

Google Said to Face Fine by U.S. Over Apple Safari Breach

Google Inc. (GOOG) agreed to pay $22.5 million, the largest fine ever levied by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, to settle allegations that it breached Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Safari Internet browser.

Web Companies Urged by U.S. to Cooperate on Privacy

Consumer groups including Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy, both based in Washington, have raised concerns about how Internet marketing companies compile personal information to target online users with advertising. The FTC said in a privacy report released Dec. 1 that data collection on the Web is sometimes done “in an irresponsible or even reckless manner.”