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Google to pay 40 states combined $391.5 million for data privacy violations

Illustration picture shows the Google logo, during a visit to the Google company in Ghlin on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Google data centre in Belgium, Friday 21 October 2022. (Photo by NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:40 PM PT – Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Google has agreed to pay nearly $400 million to settle allegations over how it collects data from users.

Pretty brutal set of quotes from Google executives in privacy lawsuit just unsealed. And on the same day as Google’s massive location data settlement. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Zhqm1YQh67

— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) November 15, 2022

Adding this to the thread describing the consumer promises. https://t.co/MbwKVjtpY5

— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) November 15, 2022

On Monday, attorneys for the states announced the decision, noting that the tech-giant will pay $391.5 million to 40-states who accused it of violating its users rights to privacy.

A 2018 Associated Press article found that Google continued to track its users’ location data even after they opted-out of the service. This prompted the state’s allegations.

While the payout is the largest privacy-related settlement in U.S. history, critics argue it serves as “pocket change” for the tech-giant whose net worth remains over $1.2 trillion.

Alongside the lump-sum, Google must become more transparent on their data-tracking by creating a webpage informing users about which data it collects.

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