Google nearing settlement on Street View case, reports say

The company could settle with 30 states as early as next week.

Google could announce a settlement in the long-running Street View privacy case as early as next week, according to new reports.

Bloomberg said the search giant had agreed to pay about $7 million to settle allegations that it improperly collected personal data using Street View between 2007 and 2010. Attorneys general representing 30 states have sued over the program, which the Federal Communications Commission found to have improperly collected sensitive data including e-mail, text messages, passwords, and Web history.

The parties have reached an agreement in principle, according to Bloomberg. A spokesperson told AllThingsD: "We work hard to get privacy right at Google. But in this case we didn't, which is why we quickly tightened up our systems to address the issue."

For more, check out the reports by Bloomberg and AllThingsD.

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Casey Newton writes about Google for CNET, which he joined in 2012 after covering technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is really quite tall.

 

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