Google Will Pay $13 Million Settlement Cost

Google has agreed to pay a $13 million settlement that might resolve a class-action lawsuit over the corporate’s assortment of people’s private information via its Street View project.

The agreement, if approved by a decide, would resolve a 2010 suit over the Street View program’s privacy violations, ending almost a decade of legal challenges related to the issue. Many anticipated the case to cost Google (GOOGL) billions of dollars as a result of plaintiffs alleged the data assortment broke federal wiretapping laws -— however the agreement would not include financial relief for class members.

Street View is a feature that lets customers interact with panoramic pictures of locations around the globe that launched in 2007. The legal action started when several individuals whose data was collected sued Google after it admitted the cars photographing neighborhoods for Street View had additionally gathered emails, passwords and other private data from wifi networks in additional than 30 countries.

The corporate initially referred to as the data collection “a mistake.” Nonetheless, investigators discovered Google engineers built software and embedded it into Street View vehicles to deliberately intercept the information from 2007 to 2010, according to court documents.

In 2013, Google settled a case introduced by 38 states over the identical issue for $7 million. In that settlement, the corporate agreed to destroy the info collected via Street View and launch a campaign to show folks how to protect their data from wifi snooping. The corporate had previously decided to halt the collection of network data by the vehicles.

This latest proposed settlement features a similar agreement. Google could be required to destroy any remaining data collected via Street View, agree not to use Street View to gather data from wifi networks except with consent, and to create webpages and videos teaching individuals how to secure their wireless data.