Google to Pay $7 Million Fine for Street View Privacy Violations

Settlement made with about two dozen states


Google will institute enhanced employee privacy training and create a public campaign about the importance of securing wireless networks as part of a $7 million settlement with state officials who were investigating the company's controversial Street View program, the officials announced Tuesday.

The settlement, elements of which were reported last week, closes the last of several U.S. investigations into allegations that Street View acted illegally by intercepting data transmitted over WiFi signals, collecting personally identifiable information such as e-mails and Web site visitations along the way.