About 6 months ago, Google made the news for bypassing Apple's Safari browser settings for guarding privacy. Google, of course, claimed it would never do anything nefarious, that it was only reversing Safari protection for users who were logged onto Google and had turned off privacy protection in Google (or not).
Last Thursday, the FTC announced Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for falsely telling Safari users that it wouldn't place tracking cookies on their devices or serve them targeted ads. While this is the largest penalty ever secured by the FTC, it is chump change for Google, particularly when Google paid the fine while denying any guilt or liability.
In addition to admitting no legal liability, Google also did not:
It's not just Google. The FTC did not bother to mention it is anticompetitive to break into a leading competitor's operating system to disable privacy and security protections or fraudulent to trick that operating system with a deceptive page to think that Google's cookie was an approved Apple cookie. Amazing!
Google is not the only software company to run afoul of the FTC; the FTC has investigated Microsoft for close to 20 years in a number of areas,probably the most visible being those leading to the DOJ suit against them in the late 1990s regarding Internet Explorer. Somewhat more recently, Microsoft settled FTC charges in 2002 alleging false security and privacy promises. However, Microsoft did not deny wrongdoing as part of the settlement. What lets Google get special treatment?
Kerrie Meyler, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, MCT, is an independent consultant and trainer with over fifteen years of experience in IT. While at Microsoft in Field Technical Sales for four years she focused on infrastructure and mangement, presenting at numerous product launches. Kerrie has presented Operations Manager 2007 at TechEd 2007, MMS 2009, MMS 2011, and internal Microsoft conferences, receiving company recognition and awards including a SPAR MGS award. Kerrie worked with Microsoft Learning to develop functional specifications for the original Operations Manager Microsoft courseware, 2550: Implementing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 and did the beta teach for that course.She also participated in development for several System Center certification exams.
Kerrie is the lead author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed, System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed.
Check out an excerpt from System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside OpsMgr.
You can also check out an excerpt from System Center Configuration (SCCM) Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside ConfigMgr.
Read a sample chapter of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introduction and What's New.
You can also read a sample chapter of System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introducing Opalis Integration Server 6.3 and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed at Chapter 1:Service Management Basics.
System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed was selected as the September, 2011 book giveaway for Microsoft Subnet.