Google officially settled issues involving Street View and privacy concerns on Tuesday by paying a $7 million fine. The settlement involves 37 states and the District of Columbia, CNET said.
The company’s Street View technology, a feature within its Maps application that allows you to see images of a specific location, came under fire after it was discovered that Google was collecting private information from users accessing the service. CNET said the information included text messages, web surfing history and even stored passwords, but Google argued the data wasn’t collected on purpose and that it was the work of a single engineer.
“We work hard to get privacy right at Google,” the company said in a statement. “But in this case we didn’t, which is why we quickly tightened up our systems to address the issue. The project leaders never wanted this data, and didn’t use it or even look at it. We’re pleased to have worked with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and the other state attorneys general to reach this agreement.”
Google has since expanded its Street View technology to include popular destinations, such as the Grand Canyon.