Clearing some of its legal record, Google this week reached settlements for three different lawsuits, especially a 2010 class action over illegal Wi-Fi data, named by Street View vehicles.
A newer Street View car.
The company has agreed to pay $ 13 million to privacy prohibition groups, and destroy collected data, according to The Australian . While taking pictures in Street View, the vehicles simultaneously collect data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks such as email and password. Had there not been a settlement, the company could have been fined billions of dollars.
The agreement must still be approved by a judge in San Francisco Bloomberg .
Another $ 11 million settlement was agreed for 227 people in a senior group employment practice group. Silicon Valley is sometimes infamous for bias toward hiring people over 40, either because of a youth-focused culture or concern that older people have too many commitments and wage needs.
Google's YouTube ultimately counted on the US Federal Trade Commission over accessing and sharing data from minors. Further details were not immediately available.
In recent years, Google has attempted to change its reputation for violating privacy, and even promoting efforts at its 2019 I / O conference in Google. It may be possible due to a shift from a purely ad-based model to hardware, such as the Pixel phones, even though it continues to cope with the occasional scandal.