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Regulators with the U.S. government may slam Facebook with a record-breaking fine for violating a legal agreement to protect user's personal data and privacy.
The penalty, made through the Federal Trade Commission, is expected to exceed the $22.5million fine imposed on Google in 2012.
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Google was hit with the steep fine for bypassing privacy controls in the Safari browser ran by Apple.
Two sources familiar with the situation told the Washington Post that the FTC's investigation findings and fine amount have not been finalized yet.
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A third source said that commissioners have been briefed about the probe and a decision is to be made soon.
Facebook may be able to settle with the FTC, if they accept a significant financial penalty, and the tech giant has been in talks with the independent agency.
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The agency could not be reached for a comment due to the government shutdown. Facebook also declined to comment.
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