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  • Google Reaches $17 Million Settlement with 37 US States over Safari Privacy Case

    Google previously took advantage of a loophole in Safariís privacy settings designed to prevent placement of third-party cookies by default, using invisible forms to trick Safari into thinking that users had interacted with the companyís ads and allowed cookies to be placed on the device. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recently agreed to a $17 million settlement with Google over the companyís circumvention of privacy settings in Safari according to the folks over at PC World. The company previously agreed to a $22.5 million settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission to settle a similar case between the company and the federal government.

    The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    "Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them," [New York Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman said in a statement. "By tracking millions of people without their knowledge, Google violated not only their privacy, but also their trust."

    Google said it was pleased to reach the settlement. "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," a spokeswoman said by email.
    The states in the settlement included the following:

    Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Reaches $17 Million Settlement with 37 US States over Safari Privacy Case started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      What?! No google defenders?!?!?!!