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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 March 18, 2020, the Court granted final approval to a class action settlement. On April 3, 2020, a Notice of Appeal was filed in the district court and the matter is now proceeding before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The settlement cannot become final until the appeal has been resolved. This could take several months, possibly longer. You may review certain Court-filed documents about the litigation at, the Court-authorized website. We urge you to visit that website periodically as it will be updated as the matter progresses.

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.

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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