Nevada joins settlement with Google over cookie placement on computers

The Nevada Attorney General on Monday formally joined a settlement with Google over its practices in placing cookies on people’s computers.

In papers filed in Clark County District Court, the attorney general said it was one of 37 states and the District of Columbia that will share a $17 million payment by Google, with $268,000 tagged for Nevada. The settlement will also require the search engine giant to create a Web page tied to links that will explain cookies to people online.

A cookie in an electronic marker placed on someone’s computer that indicates their preferences or what they have done in the past. For example, ads for certain retailers may show up on unrelated websites because the user has bought merchandise from the retailer.

According to the complaint, Google had devised coding to defeat the anti-cookie protections built into the Safari browser from June 1, 2011 to Feb. 15, 2012, violating consumer protection laws across the country. Google agreed not to use the coding in the future.

Google neither admitted nor denied guilt in the settlement.

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