It seems that the search engine giant is in some serious trouble once again. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is mulling over its decision to fine Google for violating user privacy settings in Apple Safari web browser. The FTC is expected to decide in the next one month whether to fine Google or not. If Google is found guilty of violating the 2011 settlement agreement between the company and the agency, it may have to bear a fine that may go down to US $16,000 per day.
Google is accused of using special codes to violate user privacy controls of Apple Safari so that it can track users who have installed the web browser on their desktop computer or mobile devices. Defending its part, the software giant said that it only used the known functionality in Apple Safari and has not collected any private user information.
It is not the first time that Google has been involved in such privacy violation issues. It has recently been fined US $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for an issue involving its street-mapping service.