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Google fined $22.5 million for ignoring customers' privacy settings

Google Inc is reportedly close to paying $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari browser.

The staggering sum would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

But, with Google reporting a net income of $2.89 billion in the first quarter of this year, it would take just over 17 hours for the company to earn the amount to pay off the fine.