To settle a lawsuit brought by the state of Arizona regarding consumer privacy, Google parent company Alphabet Inc. will pay $85 million.
The settlement involves payments of $77.250,000 to the state of Arizona's general budget and an additional $7.750,000 to the attorney general's office's outside counsel. The Arizona legislature will primarily use the settlement money to support initiatives related to education, broadband, and internet privacy.
The issue was first reported in 2018 when Associated Press exposed how the search engine company records user movements when the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich started looking into Google's methods for gathering location data.
And in May 2020, a lawsuit against Google was filed which claimed that the search engine had misled internet users about how it used location data and other data gathering techniques and had violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.
Reportedly, It claimed that even after users switched off location history in settings, Google continued to track users' locations without their permission to boost ad income.
“When I was elected attorney general, I promised Arizonans I would fight for them and hold everyone, including corporations like Google, accountable. I am proud of this historic settlement that proves no entity, not even big tech companies, is above the law,” Brnovich said in a press release.
According to the terms of the settlement, Google will not be required to acknowledge any misconduct or legal violations.