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Google tries to downplay UK court case over iPhone 'tracking'

Sam Shead | Dec. 18, 2013
The search giant paid £13.8m in the US last year for the same privacy breach.

Google did not admit to wrongdoing in the FTC case, but said the tracking was accidental. Despite this, the Attorney General of New York announced last month that the company had agreed to pay $17 million (£10.4 million) to settle charges that it secretly tracked some consumers' activities on the web, even after promising such tracking had been blocked.

Across Europe, data regulators are considering steps to rein in Google's continued gathering and use of private data, but so far Google has not been held to account in the region for its breach of user's privacy.


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