Google Settles Street View Lawsuit For $7 Million

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Google has settled a lawsuit around Google Street View with 37 states and the District of Columbia.  There was an issue where Google Street View cars inadvertently collected the WiFi information from the houses that they drove by.

Google trained their employees on privacy issues and vowed to stop unauthorized data collection.  Google will also pay a $7 million fine and launch a nationwide consumer education campaign.

The data collection took place between 2008 and 2010.  Some of the data that was stored and collected included e-mail, text messages, web history, and passwords.  Google previously said that the collection was done by a “rogue engineer.”  The settlement will also require Google to destroy the personal information that was collected.  The training program will last 10 years.