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Judge OK’s $22.5m fine against Google in privacy breach

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach, rejecting a consumer rights group’s plea for tougher punishment.

The blessing from US District Judge Susan Illston came late Friday. She made her ruling a few hours after a hearing in San Francisco for final arguments about a fine that is the cornerstone of a settlement reached three months ago between the Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc.

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