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Consumer Watchdog Confirms FTC, EU Probe Of Google's Violation Of Apple's Safari

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3/17/2012 2:15 AM ET

Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google Inc. (GOOG: Quote) for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple Inc. (AAPL: Quote)'s computers, iPhones and iPads.

Google's breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser is under investigation by U.S. regulators to determine whether it caused consumers to be misled about privacy safeguards, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing person familiar with the matter.

"Google engineers are playing fast and loose with the public's private information, and FTC action is critical to make them understand that if they don't respect Google's promises to the public there will be consequences," said Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog's Washington D.C. director.

In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was lying to consumers and called on the FTC to act.

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