Google Wi-Fi Settlement Includes Provisions On Privacy Issues

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Aside from paying $7 million as part of its agreement with 38 states’ attorneys general, Google’s landmark settlement in an alleged privacy violation case will include employee training and other provisions regarding privacy.

Google must train employees on privacy issues in addition to letting the public know how to fend off online privacy violations.

Google admitted its Street View mapping cars inadvertently scooped up passwords, email and other personal information over Wi-Fi networks.

Jeff Chester with the Center for Digital Democracy said the case will impact more than just Google.

“The state AG settlement sends a signal to Facebook and other online data collectors that they have to be much more consumer friendly in how they use and collect all of our personal information,” said Chester.

Google will be required to set up a privacy program within six months and create a YouTube video showing consumers how to encrypt their home Wi-Fi networks.

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