Google’s lawsuit settlement should help protect consumers in Oklahoma < Oklahoma

Oklahoma joined 39 other states in winning the largest multi-state privacy lawsuit settlement in US history, a development that would help protect consumer rights nationwide.

Attorneys General won a $391.5 million settlement with Google. Oklahoma’s share of this is $6.84 million.

States claimed that Google services on Android and iPhone devices saved users’ location data even when users had turned off that feature.

This data collection accounts for about $200 billion in annual revenue for Google, but it poses serious privacy risks and has been used by police to track down suspects. The privacy issue could have affected around 2 billion devices.

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Attorneys general said that Google had misled users about its location tracking practices since 2014.

In addition to paying damages, Google has agreed to several terms, including making these practices more transparent to users. This includes showing them more information when they toggle location account settings on and off, and maintaining a website that provides users with information about the data Google collects.

The company will also limit Google’s storage of certain types of location information.

The Google lawsuit is just part of a larger dilemma pitting big tech companies, including the biggest social media companies, against their users. Companies have made data mining a central part of their business model and sometimes choose to trample privacy rights in favor of profits.

For the sake of consumer rights, these practices need to be reviewed.

Google is a key corporate presence in Oklahoma and has invested $4.4 billion in its Pryor data facility since it opened in 2007. The site employs around 800 people.

Still, it’s important that the company cares about its Oklahoma consumers and their privacy.

What Oklahoma will do with its portion of the settlement is not yet known. That has not yet been decided, said the public prosecutor. We encourage the state to involve all relevant parties in decisions about the use of the settlement funds and to keep this process transparent.

Overall, we see the settlement as an important win for consumer privacy. The growing power of technology, companies’ lax attitudes towards data protection and inadequate legislative measures have led to growing interference that undermines the rights of individuals.

Improved consumer protection set out in this settlement will help regain some of these rights.