Google and the Federal Trade Commission are close to completing a settlement that could see the Internet company pay as much as $22.5 million, the harshest penalty ever imposed by the agency.
Though the settlement still requires final approvals and could be changed before being announced to the public, people familiar with the matter say the agency and Google have agreed on a proposed settlement.
The fine by the FTC comes in the wake of reports that Google found a way around a privacy feature in the Apple iOS Safari browser in order to track their online activities.
That activity may have placed Google in violation of a consent decree the FTC placed on the company last year. The expected settlement is likely to allege the search company violated the decree, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.