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U.S. lawmakers call on FTC to investigate Google over Safari cookies

John Ribeiro | Feb. 20, 2012
Three lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether last week's report of privacy violations of Safari users by Google violated a consent agreement the company had reached with the FTC last year.

But the government said in the filing Friday that "no statutory provision circumscribes the Commission's decision whether to initiate enforcement proceedings; thus, such a decision is not subject to judicial review". Forcing the Commission to bring a particular enforcement action within an arbitrary time limit would be wholly inimical to the public interest in the effective enforcement of the laws that Congress has passed to protect the public and entrusted the FTC to enforce, it added.

 

 

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