Google pay out $22m for spying and makes plans to publish your email address
Google are coughing up a record $22.5million fine to try and settle allegations that they secretly tracked millions of people that use Apple's Safari browser. Yet, despite this Federal Trade Commission fine, Google still isn't actually saying they've done anything wrong.
Google are saying that the fine doesn't directly pertain to data collection, but rather, for misrepresenting what was happening.
The FTC opened their investigation after a researcher found that Google had overridden Safari safeguards that were in place to stop third parties from monitoring browsing activity without a user's permission.
Goes against Google's 'don't be evil' motto, eh? Elsewhere, the web giant is trying out a new feature which will allow people to search for your email address online.
"Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public web – it may be contained somewhere else, such as in your email," says Amit Singhal, Google’s senior vice president in charge of search. "Starting today, we’re opening up a limited trial where you can sign up to get information from your Gmail right from the search box."
Making people's email addresses available online? While it could be useful, the potential for it to go wrong is massive.