Last week the FTC finalized settlements with the two biggest brands in tech: Facebook and Google. The record$22.5 million Google settlement was long rumored, but the addition of Facebook’s settlement bolstered its impact in the media. The commission now has, by way of these penalties, unprecedented views into each business’ operations via mandatory reporting for the next 20 years. Also, Microsoft reaffirmed their decision to keep Do Not Track turned on by default in their newest version of Internet Explorer, compromising only slightly to enable it by default in the “express settings” option presented to users upon installation of the browser. F.T.C. Fines Google $22.5 Million for Safari Privacy Violations – NYT – The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $22.5 million on Thursday to settle charges that it had bypassed privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser to be able to track users of the browser and show them advertisements, and violated an earlier privacy settlement with the agency. FTC to monitor Facebook for 20 years, but no fine – CBS – The Federal Trade Commission voted Friday to finalize its settlement with Facebook, resolving charges that the social network exposed details about users' lives without getting the required legal consent. Will FTC Online Privacy Settlements Do More Harm Than Good? – Forbes – The recent settlement announced by the FTC relating to Google and privacy is noteworthy for several reasons but its implications are contradictory. Microsoft Tweaks Do-Not-Track Plans – MediaPost – Microsoft has refined its decision to enable do-not-track by default in the upcoming version of Internet Explorer 10. The company now says that Windows 8 will offer users two choices at installation: "express settings" or customized. Only the express settings will include do-not-track by default. Advertisers still aren’t happy with Microsoft’s Do Not Track plans – VentureBeat –Microsoft isn’t making itself any friends in the ad industry, which still isn’t crazy about the company’s Do Not Track ambitions. The Troubled Life of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board – NYT – It’s probably fair to say that few governmental bodies have had a more troubled childhood than this one.