Google Pays $7 Million Dollars For Street View Case; Hawaii Gets $106,179

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Google has agreed to settle a case brought by 38 states over its collection of personal data…And Hawaii is one of them.

The Internet search giant will pay a fine of $7 million --- with $106,179 going to the state of Hawaii.

The data was collected and stored while Google cars drove around the island for its Street View mapping project. Bruce Kim is the Executive Director of Hawaii’s Office of Consumer Protection. He says this was a clear violation of people’s privacy. 

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The information may have included URLs of requested websites, emails, and any other private communication being transmitted at the time Google cars were driving by.

The company has since disabled or removed the software that allowed the Street View cars to collect information.

You can read the full Assurance of Voluntary Compliance here.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)