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FTC To Fine Google $22.5 Million For Violating Privacy, Sources Say

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FTC fine against Google was voted on by the commission, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. | AP


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc's Safari browser, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

An official announcement is expected within days, the second source said.

(Reporting By Diane Bartz; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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