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Wed., March 13, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

Google’s payout to states includes $135,604 for Washington state as part of settlement

Google is coughing up a fairly piddling $7 million to divide among 38 states including Washington, as part of a settlement it's agreed to, to resolve privacy concerns over data collected by the company's Street View units.

The company acknowledges gathering passwords and other personal informaiton over local Wi-Fi networks with its Street View roving vehicles.  It denies wrongdoing, however.

The settlement includes an agreement by Google to pay the 38 states and the District of Columbia a total of $7 million to be used for, among other things, civil penalties, attorneys' fees and other costs of investigation and litigation, future consumer protection enforcement and education.

Washington's share of the money is $135,604, the state Attorney General's office reported.




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