Google is understood to be in talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over how much it will pay in fines after it was found to have breached the privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser.
A person familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg that the find could amount to more than $10 million, in what would be the second fine this year by U.S. regulators over the search giant's conduct.
The FTC is poised to accuse Google of deceiving its users and violated its 2011 settlement agreement with the regulator over its Google Buzz service.
Google used website code to set tracking cookies to allow its Google+ social networking users to access the '+1' button within advertisements. The company admitted to the practice, saying it "created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google’s servers," but since stopped.
The FTC can impose heavy fines of up to $16,000 a day per violation, with a final charge set to be issued by mid-May.
A Google spokesperson was unavailable at the time of writing.