Google agrees to massive $391.5M fine for deceiving users

Forty US State Attorneys General have just won a years-long lawsuit against Google for deceiving users by secretly tracking location data while leading the same users to believe location tracking was turned off.

The resulting $391.5 million privacy settlement is one of the largest in history and follows another from Arizona that Google settled for $85 million over the same issue. Even worse for the company, it is facing similar suits in Washington, D.C., Indiana and Texas.

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Argentina, which has had privacy legislation in place for more than twenty years, published a draft bill to update the country’s Personal Data Protection Act. The Argentinian data protection authority (AAIP) draft includes modification to the existing legislation and incorporates four new articles that strengthen protection for personal data and puts the onus on controllers to provide justification for processing data.

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Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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