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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.
On Monday, attorneys for the states announced the decision, noting the tech-giant will pay $391.5 million to 40-states who accused it of violating user’s rights to privacy.
A 2018 Associated Press article found that Google continued to track 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.