Google Fined Nearly $40 Million Due to Location Privacy Suit

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Google will pay the state of Washington $40 million for collecting and retaining user location data without proper notification and means of user control. This is yet another crackdown on data collection by large technology companies. Google will have to change its policy regarding informing Washington state users about location data collection and use. While this policy will only pertain to users from Washington state, it sets a precedent for data privacy rights nationwide. This is yet another argument for federal data privacy legislation.

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