Google to Pay $17 Million to Settle Privacy Case

Google agreed on Monday to pay $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia in a wide-reaching settlement over tracking consumers online without their knowledge.The case involved Google’s bypassing of privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser to use cookies to track users and show them advertisements in 2011 and 2012. Google has said it discontinued circumventing the settings early last year, after the practice was publicly reported, and stopped tracking Safari users and showing them personalized ads.
www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/technology/google-to-pay-17-million-to-settle-privacy-case.htmlAlso see:Google to pay $17 million to settle states’ Safari probe
Google Inc will pay $17 million to settle allegations by 37 states and the District of Colombia that it secretly tracked Web users by placing special digital files on the Web browsers of their smartphones.The deal, announced Monday morning, ends a nearly two-year probe by the states into allegations that Google bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari Web browser by placing “cookies” into the browser.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/18/google-settle-idINDEE9AH0G620131118

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