Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will pay a $22.5 million civil penalty to settle U.S. government charges that it skirted the privacy settings of millions of users of Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) Safari browser, the largest fine ever levied by the U.S.
Samsung has disclosed that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fined it NT$300,000 (or about US$10,389) for an advertisement that featured “misleading” information about the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, reported Taiwanese news agency CNA (link via Google Translate).
Under EU data privacy laws under consideration, companies like Google and Microsoft will be hit with fines that could top $1 billion USD.
The proposed laws follow a series of negligible fines received by both companies that Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, dismissed as “pocket money.”
Indeed I have said as much in this space.
Earlier this month, Google was fined $20
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission handed Samsung a NT 10 million ($340,000) fine for undermining the reputation of HTC, which is based in Taiwan. According to the FTC, Samsung organized an Internet campaign praising their own phones while slamming HTC phones and is a violation of fair trade rules.
Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: RegulationThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has fined Tiger Airways $110,000 for failing to unsubscribe customers from marketing emails.
Featured | Written by: Stephen Withers | Published in: DealsThe Sparrow email app for Mac and iOS had been attracting some attention along with generally positive feedback from users. But the acquisition of Sparrow by Google means development has come to an end, and only "minor maintenance and bug fixes" will be released.
There really isn’t much of a silver lining when looking at last week’s verdict that cost Samsung $12 billion in market value, but it could actually help Google. Google is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for antitrust violations when it comes to locking down search on Android smartphones and other applications.