March 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will receive about $142,600 from a national $7 million settlement with Google over the company's collection of emails and other sensitive data sent over wireless networks several years ago.
The settlement closes a joint investigation by attorneys general in Virginia and 37 other states, along with the District of Columbia.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that he hopes the settlement serves as a warning to any other company that might try to collect such data over wireless networks.
In 2010, Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also collected personal data transmitted over unsecured wireless networks.
Google has repeatedly apologized for a breach of online etiquette. But the company has maintained that it didn't break any U.S. laws.
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