Vermont to get $467,000 in Google settlement

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont is set to receive $467,000 out of a $17 million settlement between 36 states and tech giant Google over alleged privacy violations by the company.

Attorney General William Sorrell says the violations affected users of the Safari web browser that comes standard on Apple devices. He says Safari blocks so-called third-party cookies - files placed on computers by advertisers - by default, but that Google altered settings to get around that block.

The attorneys general alleged that Google's actions violated state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws by failing to inform Safari users that it was circumventing their privacy setting


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