Google Street View Electronic Communications Litigation

United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division
Case No. 3:10-md-2184

Settlement Status

On October 10, 2019, the Court granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement. The certified settlement class is defined as:

All persons who used a wireless network device from which Acquired Payload Data was obtained.  Acquired Payload Data means the Payload Data acquired from unencrypted wireless networks by Google’s Street View vehicles operating in the United States from January 1, 2007 through May 15, 2010.

On October 22, 2019, the Notice Administrator began to disseminate the “Notice of Class Action Settlement” through a nationwide media notice program and the establishment of a dedicated website. You may review the Notice and other Court-filed documents at the Court-authorized website at We urge you to review the Notice completely and thoroughly as it contains deadlines by which you must act if you choose to do so. You may also contact the Administrator toll free at 800-332-7417.

Under the terms of the settlement, Google has agreed to destroy the Payload data the Street View vehicles acquired. Google has also agreed not to collect and store data from Street View vehicles for use in any product except with notice and consent.  In addition, Google has also agreed to pay $13 million into a settlement fund that is to be distributed, in part, to non-profit organizations that address consumer concerns regarding the privacy of electronic communications.

Be advised we cannot respond to any questions about whether any individual had Payload Data acquired by Google Street View vehicles.

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