FTC Probing Google for Evading Safari Privacy Settings

Google Inc.'s breach of Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser is under investigation by U.S. regulators to determine whether it caused consumers to be misled about privacy safeguards, a person familiar with the matter said. The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Mountain View, California-based Google effectively deceived consumers by planting so-called cookies on Safari, bypassing Apple software’s privacy settings, said the person, who lacked authorization to speak publicly on the matter and declined to be identified.