Google settlement sends hundreds of thousands of dollars to Commonwealth

POSTED: 6:43 AM Nov 19 2013   UPDATED: 5:54 PM Nov 19 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -

Nearly $400,000 is headed to the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of a multi-state settlement with Google.

According to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the money is to settle claims the company violated consumer privacy.  Google was accused of altering its coding to get around default privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser, allowing advertisers to set tracking cookies.

The company stopped the practice in February of 2012 after it was reported by the media.

37 states and the District of Columbia are splitting the $17 million payout, with Virginia receiving $392,000.