Maryland is one of 37 states that will share in a portion of a $7 million settlement with Google “over allegations that the online search giant collected unauthorized data from consumers when putting together its Street View mapping service,” reports the Baltimore Business Journal. (Washington, D.C., is also receiving settlement money.)
The exact amount Maryland will receive is $130,388.
As to why Google was forced to settle: the Baltimore Business Journal reports that attorneys general, “including Maryland’s Douglas F. Gansler, claimed that when Google used antenna and open source software to take the photos for its Street View service between 2008 and 2010, it also collected data from nearby unsecured wireless networks without consumers’ permission.”
That data included such information as computer passwords, e-mails and text messages.