Google has agreed to pay $391.5 million in damages to settle a class action lawsuit filed by 40 US state attorneys general. The lawsuit’s originators proved that the IT giant misled users that after disabling the location tracking option in the Google account settings, it will stop collecting information, when in fact the company continues to collect geolocation data.
Attorneys general said the current deal is the largest in the United States in the area of Internet privacy. The investigation into this case lasted about four years and spanned the period of the company’s operations from 2014 to 2020. In addition to financial compensation, Google has agreed to provide more information about when the company tracks users’ location.
The source notes that the role of the state in limiting the power and regulating the business models of IT giants is steadily increasing. Despite this, the US Congress and industry regulators failed to agree on passing a federal law in the area of user privacy protection. While lawmakers bicker over the details of the legislation, the tech giants are backing lobbyists working to water down the final version of the law or prevent it from passing.