Google Sets Lawsuits Totaling $29.5 Million in Washington DC, Indiana

Google has filed two privacy lawsuits, one by Washington DC and another for Indiana, for $9.5 million and $20 million, respectively, over location-tracking apps, Engadget and the Associated Press reported Friday. The search giant has agreed to make it easier for people to disable location tracking.

Suit, Filed by state attorneys general in Januaryclaimed that Google made it “virtually impossible” for people to completely disable location tracking. DC Attorney General Karl Racine said that Google violated the Consumer Protection Procedures law by continuing to monitor user data in order to continue monetizing users. Duration Google agrees to pay $391.5 million to a coalition of states In November, Indiana branched out and filed its own separate lawsuit. According to a press release from the Indiana attorney general’s office, this split allowed Indiana to double the money.

According to the Indiana attorney general’s office, “Such data can be used to understand personal details such as political or religious affiliation, income, health status, or participation in support groups, as well as important life events such as marriage and the birth of children.” .

While Racine tweeted about the settlementThe office did not issue a press release.

Google and the DC attorney general did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s been an expensive year for Google because it had to settle a series of government-led lawsuits. a $365 million fine in Russia a 157 million dollars fine in FranceGoogle is not exempt from government scrutiny. The scope of the fines varies, the France case focused on user tracking, while the Russia case blamed Google for not removing banned content related to the Ukraine war.

Google, which also owns the mobile operating system Android in India, received a $113 million fine from the country’s Competition Commission Because it prefers its own apps on Android. Given Google’s scope as the maker of the world’s most popular search engine, web browser and mobile phone operating system, it will remain a huge target for regulators.

Google has agreed to maintain a web page where it will detail location tracking policies and practices and show people how location data will be used. The company also cannot share a person’s precise location with third-party advertisers without the person’s express consent and must delete this data within 30 days.

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