Google has agreed to pay $93 million to the state of California to settle a case involving the unauthorized collection of user location data, even when users had chosen to opt out of such data collection. The state of California alleged that Google benefited from targeted advertising based on this user location data.
This case is just one of many that Google has faced from various states, and Google has consistently agreed to pay settlements. In 2022 alone, Google has agreed to pay a total of $391.5 million to settle these cases. Google claims that these settlements are a result of legacy issues and that all problems have now been addressed.
As part of this settlement agreement, California has required Google to provide more transparency to users regarding the use of their location data, including how it is used for advertising across various websites.
TLDR: Google will pay $93 million to California to settle a case involving the unauthorized collection of user location data. This is part of a larger settlement by Google, totaling $391.5 million, to resolve similar cases from multiple states. Google has also agreed to provide more transparency to users regarding the use of their location data for advertising purposes.