Google settles privacy dispute, to pay almost $400M

Monday, 14. November 2022 19:01

Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC has settled with 40 states on the issue of location tracking, the United States Michigan Attorney's Office revealed on Monday in a statement. In this "historic" settlement, the tech giant will have to pay $391.5 million.

"The company's online reach enables it to target consumers without the consumer's knowledge or permission. However, the transparency requirements of this settlement will ensure that Google not only makes users aware of how their location data is being used, but also how to change their account settings if they wish to disable location-related account settings, delete the data collected and set data retention limits," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stated.

According to the settlement, Google has been misleading its consumers about its location-tracking practices since as far as 2014, violating consumer protection laws. The order requires the company to be more transparent, as well as limits its "use and storage of certain types of location information."

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