A US judge has spurned a consumer rights group's call for Google to have to pay more than $22.5m in settlement over its Safari privacy row, by approving the original figure set by the Federal Trade Commission.

The $22.5m (£14.1m) fine was a record for the FTC when it established the size of the settlementin August. However, California-based Consumer Watchdog, which felt Google should face tougher penalties over its actions, was allowed to oppose the sum later that month.