SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The state of South Dakota will receive more than $4.2 million from Google as part of a multistate settlement with the giant technology company.
South Dakota’s share won’t go into its general fund, however.
“The money will go into the attorney general’s consumer protection fund to be used at the discretion of the attorney general for the benefit and education of South Dakota consumers and for the enforcement of the consumer protection laws,” Stewart Huntington told KELOLAND News. He is the attorney general’s public information officer.
South Dakota and 39 other states reached a $391.5 million settlement with Google over location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo said the settlement was important for consumers.
“We will always fight for the privacy rights of our citizens,” Vargo said in a news release.
The settlement comes after attorneys general started an investigation into Google after an Associated Press story published in 2018 revealed how Google recorded movements.
As part of the settlement, Google must be more transparent with consumers about its practices and show additional information to users whenever they turn a location-related account setting”on” or “off.” Google must “make key information about location tracking unavoidable for users and give users detailed information about the types of location data Google collects and how it’s used at an enhanced ‘Location Technologies’ webpage.”
Attorneys general from Oregon and Nebraska led the settlement negotiations.