Google to pay an additional $17 million for Safari cookie scandal

largeNewGoogleLogoFinalFlat-a.pngGoogle must pay $17 million to the states over the unauthorized use of cookies in Apple’s Safari web browser. Google reached this settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia says a report in Computer World. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed his state would receive $899,580 of the $17 million settlement.

The states accuse Google of installing tracking cookies on devices that were running Apple’s Safari browser. The cookies were placed when users visited sites in Google’s DoubleClick ad network during 2011 and 2012. The placement of these cookies subverted the privacy settings within the browser and was done without user consent. Google has since changed this practice and will not circumvent the privacy settings  of a browser without asking permission from the user. Google is also required to create a section of its website to discuss cookies and how they are used.

Google must be feeling a bit of a sting from decision as it is the second payment Google had to make over this cookie issue.In August of 2012, Google paid a $22.5 million civil penalty to the US Federal Trade Commission.