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Google to Pay Washington $600,000 over Tracking Allegations

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SEATTLE, WA - Washington state, the District of Columbia and 36 other states will receive a settlement from tech giant Google Inc. as part of a $17-Million settlement for tracking information on Apple's Safari web browser.

According to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Google altered is coding to work around  the Safari default privacy settings without consumers' knowledge or consent from June 1st, 2011 until February 15th, 2012.  This allowed advertisers to set third-party cookies on consumers' Safari browsers despite those users setting up privacy settings in the web browser.

Washington state will receive $610,600 to be sued for civil penalties, attorneys' fees and future consumer protection education.

Ferguson says Google violated Washington state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws by circumventing Safari's default privacy settings.

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