Google's WiFi Snooping Settlement: 10 Reasons It Paid $7 Million

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-03-13 Print this article Print

5. Sensitive data was taken

All of this talk of sensitive data being stolen fails to mention perhaps the most important point: what was taken? According to Google, everything from WiFi network names to email information to passwords was collected. As far as we know, though, none of that was used against the victims.

6. The settlement was reached with a ton of states

As of this writing, 37 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have reached a settlement with Google. That should put an end to the issue, since those were the states in which the data was allegedly collected.

7. Google will launch an education campaign

Although Google was forced to admit wrongdoing and pay a fine, the company has another requirement: it must launch an education campaign informing the country how to safeguard their wireless networks from unwanted intrusion. Yes, Google has become the world’s educator on wireless networks.

8. Google is destroying the data

Since Google has admitted that there was a problem and the lawyers have moved on, the company is now cleared to destroy all of the data it collected. Google has promised that it will not keep anything and will ensure that it will never be recoverable.

9. Google isn’t fighting it

It’s important to point out that Google is not going to fight the ruling in any way. In a statement, the company said that it was wrong this time around, adding that “we quickly tightened up our systems to address the issue.” In other words, don’t expect to hear much from Google on this any longer.

10. There will be no change to Street View

Street View itself was not a target in this lawsuit. That’s important. When news first broke that Google had been collecting information from users, there was some speculation that Street View could fall victim to the lawsuits. For now, Street View will remain open and a key component in Google’s mapping services.

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