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Google has agreed to pay $17 million in a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia “over its unauthorized placement of cookies on devices running Apple’s Safari browser,” IDG News Service reports, following Google’s agreement last year to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty to the Federal Trade Commission. In their case, the state attorneys general alleged “Google’s circumvention of Safari’s default privacy settings violated state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws,” the report states. A Google spokeswoman said, “We work hard to get privacy right at Google and have taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers.”
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