Ohio is expected to receive $162,000 in a settlement about Google collecting data from unsecured wireless networks while taking photos for its Street View service.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the state had joined the 37-state settlement on Tuesday.
"Each day it becomes increasingly important that we do what we can to safeguard our personal information," DeWine said in a release on Tuesday. "While we all must do what we can to safeguard our own personal information,
this settlement recognizes the privacy rights of individuals and serves as a reminder that this information cannot be collected without a person's permission."
According to DeWine, Google's Street View cars are equipped with an antennae and open-source software that the company acknowledged collected network identification information for use in future geolocation services. The
alleged data collection occurred between 2008 and March 2010.
Google has since disabled or removed the equipment and software used to collect the data.
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