Kentucky and 37 other states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday announced a $7 million settlement with Google over privacy concerns involving the capture of consumers’ and businesses’ private wi-fi data by its Street View service.
Google’s Street View program used specially equipped vehicles to capture images between 2008 and 2010 for use in Google’s future geolocation services. However, it was later discovered the vehicles were also collecting information from unsecured wi-fi networks as they rolled by homes and businesses on public streets, according to a news release from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
Kentucky will receive more than $315,000 under the settlement.
Google has since disabled or removed the equipment and software in question from its Street View vehicles and agreed not to collect any additional information without notice to consumers and their consent.
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Google has also segregated and secured the payload data that was collected and, under the terms of the agreement, will destroy that data as soon as legally practicable.