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Iowa to receive $115K from Google settlement

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:34 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will receive $115,428 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks.

The state’s share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Tom Miller. Miller says the settlement recognizes the privacy rights of individuals whose information was collected without their permission.

Google has agreed to pay $7 million to settle the investigation involving attorneys general in 38 states.

The case dates to 2010 when Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been gathering personal data transmitted over wireless networks not protected by passwords.

Miller says Iowa’s share will go to the state’s consumer education and litigation fund.

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