Kentucky will receive more than $305,000 as part of a $17 million multistate settlement with Google.
The case involving 36 states and the District of Columbia was focused on misleading representations about Web browsing privacy for users of Safari during 2011 and 2012, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office.
Safari, the primary Web browser on Apple's iPad and iPhone, is set by default to block third-party cookies — files that allow Google and other websites to collect information about consumers' Web-surfing habits for advertising purposes.
From June 1, 2011 through Feb. 15, 2012, Google circumvented the default privacy settings on Safari and was able to set cookies on consumers' Web browsers without their knowledge, the attorney general's office said.
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Google had offered consumers an "opt-out plug-in" for advertising cookies, and in describing the plug-in, Google led Safari consumers to believe they wouldn't receive third-party cookies anyway, according to the news release.
Attorney General Jack Conway said in the release that the settlement "will help consumers and Internet users to better protect their online privacy."
"This settlement will require that they be accurately informed about how their personal information may be collected by cookies, and it will provide an additional resource for understanding how to set up their browser privacy settings," Conway said.
For more information about cookies, go to the federal OnGuard Online website at Tinyurl.com/nszj89n.