Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) – Google Inc. reached a $17 million settlement with 37 U.S. states over its circumvention of privacy settings for some Internet users.
Nebraska will receive nearly $250,000. Iowa will receive more than $275,000.
The company, based in Mountain View, California, overrode default settings for Apple Inc.'s Safari browser that blocked cookies, small pieces of code that can allow companies to monitor consumer web surfing, according to the office of the New York attorney general.
Google, owner of the world's most popular search engine, allowed cookies to be set on consumers' browsers through its DoubleClick advertising platform, according to the attorney general's office.
“Privacy is paramount,” Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said in a statement. “If a business improperly intrudes on consumers' privacy, the Attorney General's Office will pursue them.”
"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."
The settlement comprises 37 states and Washington, D.C.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a news release Monday that the money will go into the state's consumer education and litigation fund.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.