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Michigan nets about $12 million in settlement with Google

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel was among 40 attorneys general who investigated Google.

Michigan is among 40 states sharing nearly $400 million in a settlement with Google.

Attorneys general, including Michigan’s Dana Nessel, investigated Google’s location-tracking practices. An Associated Press 2018 report revealed that Google was keeping track of users' movements even if they explicitly told it not to.

The $391.5 million settlement requires Google to show additional information whenever users turn a location-related app on or off, make information about location tracking information clear to users, and give users detailed information about the types of location data Google collects and how it’s used.

In a blog post in response to the settlement, Google outlined ways it’s already started making choices about data collection more transparent to users.

Michigan’s share of the settlement money amounts to about $12 million.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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