Google to pay $1.1 billion to settle FCC data privacy suit
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Google will pay $5.8 billion to resolve a privacy lawsuit filed by the Federal Communications Commission over the way the company tracks users’ online activity.
The settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The deal is subject of an FCC review.
Google agreed to pay a $1 billion penalty to settle the case, which was filed in 2014.
The FCC also paid a $2.5 billion penalty in October for not complying with its privacy requirements.
The FCC said Google’s decision to pay the penalty in a settlement with the FTC “was based on Google’s obligations to ensure that its Internet activities comply with its obligations under the Federal Trade Commission Act.”
The FCC will not pursue any other action in the matter.
The FTC complaint said that Google “has systematically, knowingly, and unlawfully violated its obligation to protect the privacy of consumers by failing to remove data that would enable it to determine the identities of consumers who were not users of Google services.”
The complaint also said that the company did not “adequately explain” the use of such information, and that it failed to disclose the data it had collected about consumers.
Google said it would cooperate with the investigation and would “ensure the fullest disclosure possible.”
Google will pay $5.8 billion to resolve a privacy lawsuit filed by the Federal Communications Commission over the way the…