Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. agreed to pay $22.5 million, the largest fine ever levied by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, to settle allegations that it breached Apple Inc.'s Safari Internet browser.

The record fine is the FTC's first for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers' online rights.

The FTC alleged that Mountain View, California-based Google deceived consumers and violated terms of a consent decree signed with the commission last year when it planted cookies on Safari, bypassing Apple software's privacy settings, to track users' Internet browsing behavior.

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