Google Settles Location-Tracking Probe For Record-Breaking $391.5
by Bram Schumer
Google has agreed to pay a historic settlement of $391.5 million to
end a privacy investigation brought by 40 state attorneys general
regarding the search giant's allegedly misleading location-tracking
features. The states argued that, since at least 2014, Google violated
consumer protection laws by misleading consumers into thinking they
had turned off location-tracking in their Google account settings,
when, in reality, Google continued to collect such location
information and sell it to advertisers.
The payout is the largest multistate privacy settlement in history.