U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on Friday approved a
$22.5-million fine against Google , a few hours after a
The fine was part of a deal Google reached with the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) three months ago to
settle charges that it bypassed privacy settings on
Apple's Safari browser to track users' online activity
and show them personalized ads.
The $22.5-million penalty was not as high as the
consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog expected, as
it tried to block the settlement, arguing that Google
should have admitted wrongdoing as part of the
"We were disappointed, but think we made important
points that will have an impact on how similar cases
are dealt with in the future," said John Simpson,
director of the Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project.
Google made nearly $38 billion in revenue last year so
the $22.5 million fine is a drop in the bucket for the
search engine giant.