Google hit with record-setting $22.5 million fine over FTC violation

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Aug 9, 2012
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  1. The Federal Trade Commission is making an example out of Google by hitting them with the largest fine ever for an FTC violation. The search giant has agreed to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty related to accusations that they…

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  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I'm sure $22.5 million is a big drop in the bucket since surely someone got into trouble over it. I just want to know one thing... where did the money from this fine go? I hope it's going somewhere to help our economy and not just lining someone's or some silly department's pockets. If I only made $100k/year I'd be pretty upset about an $800 fine for something.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    22 mil is a lot of money no matter how much money you make. I would expect the money goes to the same place where all our hard-earned money goes to die. That abyss we call the federal government.
  4. Googles Motto: Do Know Evil ;)
  5. If you value what little privacy you have left, stay away from Google.
  6. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    $22 mil... that's what ? a week of interest on the US Nat. debt?
  7. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Everyone collects your information. Your credit card company collects your information. Your airlines collect your information. Your fastfood collects your information. Your favorite coffee shop collects your information.

    What you buy, where you go, what you eat. All sold to potential buyers.

    Thats what databases are for, its called data mining. I know because I'm in the industry.

    Should you be worried? no! because (1) you are just some random digit (2) you are not important. (3) you are irrelevant as a single individual.

    You are just statistics people. Companies gives 0 **** to John Doe's feelings.
  8. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    You realize this is America right? Consider the pockets officially lined :-(
  9. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    does that make it the most expansive cookie :p

    You think Cookie monster will like it ?

    ok all jokes aside I think the courts should spen more time with real criminals instead of this but we know this is more profitable than aresting and prosecutong criminal that you have to give shelter,food ect

    we live in a great world
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,945   +765

    Sounds like you are on the inside looking out. In any situation, it sometimes helps to imagine the opposite perspective.

    Right now, because of the current state of the art in the industry, the focus does not appear to be on the individual; however, if any company were to come up with a way to target advertising to specific users (oh wait, isn't google trying to do that at this time) that would be worth a lot of money to advertisers since they can now target marketing to that specific individual. In a way, that gives them much more power over that individual because they can tailor their enticements to that individual, and thus play on the emotions of that individual to entice that individual to buy their product whether or not that individual really needs the product. Not all individuals are aware that marketers attempt to entice their audience through emotional manipulation.

    What I am trying to say here is that marketers will attempt to sell individuals their crap in any way that they can, and the more they know about an individual, the more implicit power they have over that individual, and I see that as dangerous especially when naive individuals are the target.

    While it sounds like you think that no one should be concerned about data collection, I have to disagree. I am reminded of this poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984):

    IMHO, this is off-topic of the article, though, because google said they were doing something, then did something completely different without notifying the targets of those actions. This is lying and deceptive. The fact that they lied to and deceived the users of safari is likely the reason behind the FTCs actions with this fine, and I, for one, am happy to see this. Just because google is the current fad does not mean that their business practices are beyond the rule of law.
  11. Just love that the big title of the article is the $22.5 million fine and the last line was that Google's profit was $2.8 BILLION just in the last quarter....why would Google even care about this pity fine? Give them 5 minutes and they'll make it back. Who knows what other privacy of our's they are violating cause it don't really matter if they get caught or not.

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