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$7M Settlement Reached in Google Wi-Fi Data Theft Investigation

This is a settlement for the Google, AOL, Time Warner and Yahoo! lawsuit.

San Francisco, CA: A $7 million settlement has been reached between Google and several state Attorneys General (AGs), ending the AGs investigation into claims Google violated people' privacy with its Street View cars, by effectively conducting data theft.

The Google "Wi-Spy"affair, as it was dubbed, began almost three years ago following an admission by Google that the Street View cars "accidentally"collected personal data from open Wi-Fi networks.

As part of the settlement, Google has also agreed to destroy the personal data it collected and take steps to ensure that personal data networks are not accessed, accidentally or otherwise, in the future.

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Published on Mar-20-13

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