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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined with 37 other states in agreeing to a settlement with Google for its unauthorized collecting of personal data from unsecured wireless networks across the country.
The attorney general's office said today that Google collected and stored text messages, photos, passwords and web use history without telling consumers.
As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to destroy the information, train employees how not to violate consumer privacy and pay a $7 million fine to the states affected by the charges. Google is valued at over $265 billion.
New York will recieve $192,000 as part of the settlement.
“Consumers have a right to protect their vital personal and financial information from improper and unwanted use by corporations like Google,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “This settlement addresses privacy issues and protects the rights of people whose information was collected without their permission. My office will continue to hold corporations accountable for violating the rights of New Yorkers.”
Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette