New York has snagged nearly $900,000 as part of a multi-state settlement with Google Inc. over privacy claims, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday.
The agreement — settles a claim that Google placed unauthorized cookies on certain Apple users during the previous two years — totals $17 million across a number of states. It also prohibits Google from using the type of code that allowed it to circumvent cookie-blockers on the Safari browser, which comes pre-installed on Apple products.
“Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the web with them,” 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 derives from complaints that Google had found a way to install cookies on Safari user’s computers and other devices through its “DoubleClick” advertising program, despite the browser blocking third-party cookies. The cookies could have allowed Google to track a user’s web history, according to Schneiderman’s office.
Google disabled the code in February 2012.