U.S. Internet giant Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle a U.S. investigation into its tracking of millions of people using the web browser Safari.
Officials say Google will pay the money to 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to make amends for bypassing the privacy settings of Apple's Safari web browsers in 2011 and 2012.
Google already has paid a $22.5 million fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on the same issue.
U.S. authorities say Google placed "cookies" in the Apple Co. web browser, which allowed advertisers and websites to identify web surfers and track their browsing habits.
Google did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. The company, which is the world's leading Internet search engine, made around $50 billion last year.