Google Settles WiFi War Driving Privacy Case for $7m in the U.S.

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen yesterday announced a $7 million multistate settlement with Google over its unauthorized collection of data from unsecured wireless networks in the United States through Google’s Street View vehicles.

“While the $7 million is significant, the importance of this agreement goes beyond financial terms. Consumers have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This agreement recognizes those rights and ensures that Google will not use similar tactics in the future to collect personal information without permission from unsuspecting consumers,” Attorney General Jepsen said.


According to the press release of the Connecticut Attorney General, “The agreement also requires Google to: engage in a comprehensive employee education program about the privacy or confidentiality of user data; to sponsor a nationwide public service campaign to help educate consumers about securing their wireless networks and protecting personal information; and to continue to secure, and eventually destroy, the data collected and stored by its Street View vehicles nationwide between 2008 and March 2010.“

Other similar cases against Google are still pending in many countries, especially in Europe.

Download the full text of the agreement here.

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