Nov 19, 2013
06:04 AM
The Connecticut Story

Google Reaches $17M Settlement with Connecticut, 36 Others

Google Reaches $17M Settlement with Connecticut, 36 Others

Google has reached a $17 million settlement with Connecticut, 36 other states and the District of Columbia, over allegations that the Internet giant circumvented default privacy settings on Safari web browsers that allowed advertisers to track where users went online.

The states alleged that during an eight-month period between June 2011 and Febraury 2012, Google circumvented Safari’s default privacy settings, without consumers’ knowledge and consent.

That allowed Google’s DoubleClick advertising platform to leave third-party advertising cookies — small files that allow advertisers to gather information about a user’s Internet browsing —on Safari browsers.

Connecticut’s share of the settlement is $535,312, state Attorney General George Jepsen said Monday.

“That money will go to the state’s general because this case didn’t involve a specific set of consumers that were harmed,” Jepsen said.

State Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein, who announced the settlement with Jepsen, said consumers “deserve to know when their Internet activity is being used by others and should be able to take steps to prevent it.”

For more, visit the New Haven Register.


Google Reaches $17M Settlement with Connecticut, 36 Others

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