Oklahoma is one of 38 states in Google settlement

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Updated: 3/12/2013 4:48 pm Published: 3/12/2013 4:47 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google will pay a $7 million fine to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's interception of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent several years ago over unprotected wireless networks throughout the world.

The agreement announced Tuesday covers 38 states, including Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia.

It closes an inquiry opened in 2010 shortly after Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been grabbing personal data transmitted over Wi-Fi networks that had been set up in homes and businesses without requiring a password to gain access.

It's the largest penalty that Google Inc. has paid so far in the U.S. for the snooping. News of the penalty leaked out last week.

Google isn't acknowledging any wrongdoing in the settlement.

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Mayor Maynot - 3/12/2013 8:40 PM
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Stangdriver :-) Ask google. Really only twenty minutes ago the little girl next door came riding up with her little boy barefoot on the road Pegs poor tender little piggies ready to be gobbled up by the spokes. I could not impress upon the child enough that he needed shoes to play that way. Finally the mother got off of the bike and walked both treasures :-) I know I sound like a drudge but please if you see thoughtless children playing in this manner please be a good neighbor and warn them of the dangers.

mustangdriver - 3/12/2013 6:54 PM
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Who is the beneficiary of these funds?

kindagreywolf - 3/12/2013 4:55 PM
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"Wi-Fi networks that had been set up in homes and businesses without requiring a password to gain access" ----- So Google got fined because of stupid people.
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