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TN to collect in Google privacy settlement

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TENNESSEE (WRCB) -- Google has agreed to pay $7 million to 37 states, includingTennessee as part of a privacy settlement.

The payment is in an effort to revamp its consumer privacypractices as a result of an agreement filed Tuesday.

Tennessee's share of the payment is estimated at $133,528.

The settlement is a result of privacy complaints regardingGoogle's collection of data from unsecured wireless networks nationwide whiletaking photographs for its Street View service between 2008 and March 2010.

The agreement now bans unauthorized data collection and requiresGoogle train its employees on privacy and launch a nationwide campaign toeducate consumers on how to protect their information.

"We are pleased Google recognizes consumers' right toprivacy and will no longer collect information during its Street Viewphotography without their permission," General Cooper said.

Complaints say Google used cars equipped with antennae andopen-source software to collect information for their Google Street View maps.

The company has since disabled the equipment and software.

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