Google Inks $7M Deal To Squash Wi-Fi Data Collection Claims

Law360, New York (March 12, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. will pay $7 million and mount a national data-security education campaign to settle claims brought by more than 30 states over its harvesting of personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, several states announced Tuesday.

The deal resolves a two-year investigation led by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen into the unauthorized collection of personal information through vehicles the company dispatched to collect data for its Street View mapping service.

Google has maintained that the data was gathered inadvertently and was not used or even looked...
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