A 2018 Associated Press article, according to officials, served as the catalyst for the states' investigation.
Discovered that even after users opted out of location monitoring, Google still collecting their data.
In connection with an investigation into how the company tracked users' locations, Google has reached an agreement with 40 states worth $391.5 million.
The largest multistate privacy settlement in American history, according to a statement made by state attorneys general on Monday.
In an era of growing dependence on technology, this $391.5 million settlement represents a historic victory for consumers.
According to Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, "There are various reasons why a consumer may choose to opt-out of monitoring.
Location data is among the most sensitive and important personal information Google gathers.
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.
At the request of the AP, Princeton computer scientists corroborated these findings.