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Google agrees to $391.5 million settlement with 40 states

2022-11-15 17:44 by


Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million to settle charges brought forth by 40 attorneys general. They accused the company of misleading users into believing they had turned off location tracking in their settings, but Google continued to collect information about their movements. As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to "significantly improve" its location tracking disclosures and user controls starting next year.

The accord was the largest such privacy settlement by state attorneys general in U.S. history, according to the coalition. It also requires Google to "be more transparent about its practices," the group said. Measures include forbidding Google from hiding "key information about location tracking" and requiring the search giant to "give users detailed information about the types of location data" it collects and how it is used.

"This $391.5 million settlement is a historic win for consumers in an era of increasing reliance on technology," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement. "Location data is among the most sensitive and valuable personal information Google collects, and there are so many reasons why a consumer may opt-out of tracking."

Google said in a blog post on Monday that it would be "making updates in the coming months to provide even greater controls and transparency over location data." Those changes include making it easier to delete location data. New users will have auto-delete controls that allow them to order Google to delete certain information when it hits a certain age.

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