Connecticut, Other States Settle With Google Over Wireless Data Collection

Connecticut’s Attorney General says the state will receive more than half a million dollars as its share of a multi-state settlement with Internet search provider Google over Google’s collection of data from unsecured wireless networks by its “Google Street View” vehicles.

Attorney General George Jepsen says 38 states will share in the seven million dollar settlement,  which follows a two-year-investigation and negotiation.

Jepsen says that while the money is significant,  what’s even more important is that the settlement recognizes consumer protection and privacy.

In addition to the financial settlement,  the agreement also requires Google to set up a data privacy education program for employees,  and to run a nationwide public service campaign to educate consumers about the importance of protecting their wireless networks.  In addition,  the company says it will destroy the data collected and stored by its Street View vehicles nationwide between 2008 and March, 2010.

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