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Brnovich Opposes Google's Proposed Settlement In Wi-Fi Privacy Case

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office asked a federal judge to reject Google’s proposed settlement over a 2010 privacy scandal.

A 2010 class-action lawsuit alleges Google’s street-view cars collected consumer data — including passwords, usernames and e-mails — off of Wi-Fi networks, without consumers’ knowledge or permission.

Google proposed a $13 million settlement that would pay attorneys and private groups — but not victims. Brnovich says that doesn't do enough for the affected consumers.

"Settlements like this leave consumers without a leg to stand on, and help propagate the ongoing trend of companies taking our privacy concerns for granted,” he said in a statement. “Google admitted to violating people’s privacy, and instead of paying harmed consumers, the tech giant wants to give millions of dollars to organizations that have nothing to do with the litigation."

Google argues that identifying the 60 million people would require sifting through 300 million bits of data, an unfair burden that they proposed the settlement to avoid.

Scott Bourque was a reporter and podcast producer at KJZZ from 2019 to 2022.