Google settles with 38 states over street view

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia has settled with Google over the controversial street view program, where Google collected personal information without permission.

Google is paying $7 million to 38 states, including Virginia.

Google vehicles with cameras on top would take 360 degree snap shots while driving around. Google says a rogue engineer was collecting data from unsecured wireless networks nationwide while driving the vehicle.

The secret information was collected between 2008 and March of 2010.

Google was storing information from customers - emails and text messages, passwords, even web histories - meaning they could see what websites you like to visit.

Google says it never wanted this private information, and the company has since tightened security at the street view program, removing the equipment and software used to collect this data from the vehicles.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Virginia will get $142,000 out of this settlement.

As for what Virginia is doing with the $142,000, we believe the money goes into the state's general fund, but we are still awaiting clarification from Cuccinelli's office.

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