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Wisconsin to receive $336,000 in Google settlement

 Wisconsin to receive $336,000 in Google settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's office says the state will receive about $336,000 dollars from Google as part of a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia.

The money settles allegations that Google altered its coding to circumvent default privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser to allow advertisers to set tracking cookies. The company stopped the practice in February 2012 after it was widely reported in the media.

Van Hollen said in a statement Monday that the settlement shows that misrepresenting tracking is not acceptable and that consumers are entitled to accurate information about the privacy of their Internet browsing.

The deal calls for the money from Google to be used for attorney fees, consumer protection or other efforts approved by state law.

 

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