Google has agreed to pay $391.5million in damages in settlement of a lawsuit brought by 40 US state attorneys-general. The lawsuit was filed by 40 US state attorneys general. It claimed that Google had misled its users and that they could disable the location tracking option within their Google account settings. However, it continued to collect geolocation information.
The current agreement, according to the Attorney General, is the largest in the United States for Internet privacy. The investigation took place over four years. It covered the entire period of company activities from 2014 to 2020. Google promised to provide more information on when and whereabouts it tracked users in addition to monetary compensation.
According to the source, the state’s role in limiting power and regulating business models of IT giants has been steadily increasing. Despite all this, the US Congress has not been able agree to adopt a federal law on user data protection. While lawmakers are arguing over details, the tech companies are supporting lobbyists who seek to soften the final law or prevent its passage.