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    Google To Pay $17 Million Fine For Secretly Following You Online

    Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle charges that it secretly tracked some consumers' activities on the Web, even after promising such tracking had been blocked, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday.
    Attorneys general in 28 states had alleged that Google violated state consumer protection laws and computer privacy laws by not telling users of Apple's Safari browser that it was bypassing privacy settings in order to show them targeted advertisements.
    "Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but also their trust.”
    The case stems from Google’s method of displaying targeted ads by using "cookies," or small files installed on web browsers that create invisible records of online browsing habits. Google had said on its website that Safari's privacy settings could prevent Google from tracking these cookies. But a story in the Wall Street Journal last year revealed that Google was able to go around those settings by exploiting a loophole in Safari's browser, and then track users across websites in the company's DoubleClick ad network. For example, a Safari user who visited websites on how to get out of debt could then be served Google ads on other sites offering them debt relief services.
    "We work hard to get privacy right at Google and have taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers," the company said in a statement. "We're pleased to have worked with the state attorneys general to reach this agreement."
    In a separate case brought last year by the Federal Trade Commission, Google agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine over similar charges that it bypassed privacy settings in the Safari browser. That fine was the largest settlement ever obtained by the commission.
    Google did not admit to wrongdoing in the FTC case, and said the tracking was accidental
    Google To Pay $17 Million Fine For Secretly Following You Online

    LOL, google said the tracking was accidental...Another day with another lie.

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    Wow. Google actually got hit with a penalty that is not a pittance. That's a first.
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    I was looking for a file up-loader script and when adopting the best solution I was stopped in my tracks when I realized that all of the form submits went via a Google apps API. Same story with javascripts that are loaded in web templates via Google servers. But at least you get the latest bug-fixed solution automatically loaded to your site. A balance of good and evil at play maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Wow. Google actually got hit with a penalty that is not a pittance. That's a first.
    It shows that even multi national corporations do criminal activity and violate laws , and the gov should go after with big fines!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy101 View Post
    I was looking for a file up-loader script and when adopting the best solution I was stopped in my tracks when I realized that all of the form submits went via a Google apps API. Same story with javascripts that are loaded in web templates via Google servers. But at least you get the latest bug-fixed solution automatically loaded to your site. A balance of good and evil at play maybe?
    Andy the technique side of google maybe ok, but the policies, management and ethic are not.
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    The file upload script looks amazing with progress bars and chunked upload of data, but it allows G to track and copy every file that is uploaded to a site.

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    So, when do I get a check from google?
    Otherwise, who cares how much they get fined, taxed, messed with, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    So, when do I get a check from google?
    Otherwise, who cares how much they get fined, taxed, messed with, etc.
    Check from google? LOL Tss tss. I guess the prestige of google is disappearing with the time and show to the people the real color of this multi national corporation.
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