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Avnish Singh

40 states settle Google location-tracking charges for $392M

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A 2018 Associated Press article, according to officials, served as the catalyst for the states' investigation.

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Discovered that even after users opted out of location monitoring, Google still collecting their data.

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In connection with an investigation into how the company tracked users' locations, Google has reached an agreement with 40 states worth $391.5 million.

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The largest multistate privacy settlement in American history, according to a statement made by state attorneys general on Monday.

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In an era of growing dependence on technology, this $391.5 million settlement represents a historic victory for consumers.

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According to Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, "There are various reasons why a consumer may choose to opt-out of monitoring.

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 Location data is among the most sensitive and important personal information Google gathers.

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Even if you've used a privacy setting that says it will stop Google from using your location data, many Google services on Android and iPhone devices still store it, according to the AP.

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At the request of the AP, Princeton computer scientists corroborated these findings.