Google's $13M Street View Deal Gets OK From Intrigued Judge

Law360, San Francisco (September 6, 2019, 9:40 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge said Friday he would preliminarily approve a $13 million cy pres deal ending claims Google illegally gathered Wi-Fi network data with its Street View car fleet, saying the case addressed unexplored electronic privacy questions and promising a detailed opinion to explain his reasoning in case of an appeal.

"I don't need to comment on: Was it all worth it?" U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer said at a hearing in San Francisco federal court Friday. But he did anyway.

Judge Breyer said this case — regarding whether Google violated the Wiretap Act by allowing its Street View...

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