"Consumers should be able to know whether there are other eyes surfing the Web with them," Schneiderman said in a statement. "We must give consumers the reassurance that they can browse the Internet safely and securely. My office will continue to protect New Yorkers from any attempts to deliberately expose their personal data."
In addition to paying for its lapse, Google has agreed to an injunction that, among other things, requires it to "improve the information it gives consumers regarding cookies, their purpose and how the cookies are managed by consumers using Google’s products or services and tools."
The settlement spans more than 30 states, including Michigan, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Vermont and Washington.