October 21, 2019

If you used unencrypted wireless from 2007 through 2010, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights. Spector Roseman & Kodroff, along with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and Lieff Cabraser Hiemann & Bernstein announce that a settlement has been proposed in litigation against Google LLC (“Google”) relating to allegations about Google “Street View” vehicles.

The proposed settlement in litigation against Google LLC (“Google”) relates to allegations that Google Street View vehicles unlawfully captured electronic communications sent or received over wireless network connections (“Wi-Fi connections”). If you used unencrypted WiFi a Google “Street View” vehicle may have acquired some of your data between 2007 and 2010.  A lawsuit is pending in the United States District for the Northern District of California in which the plaintiffs allege that Google, through its Street View vehicles, acquired unencrypted WiFi data from persons across the United States between 2007 and 2010, in violation of the Federal Wiretap Act.  The settlement of the class action lawsuit against Google may impact your rights. 

Under the settlement, Google agrees to destroy the WiFi it acquired; abide by certain policies and restrictions; and provide a settlement fund of $13 million, which will be distributed, after attorney’s fees and expenses, to organizations that promote consumer privacy. There will be no money available to individual consumers. However, as part of the settlement, individual consumers will be releasing Google from any claims relating to the acquired WiFi data. Google denies doing anything wrong.    

A copy of the settlement notice and other relevant documents are available at the settlement administration website, www.streetviewsettlement.com. If you have further questions you can visit the settlement website or call 800-332-7417. The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement and certified a settlement class. The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to finally approve the settlement with Google on February 28, 2020. Details of the hearing time and location are available on the settlement website at www.streetviewsettlement.com.

Learn about our co-counsel: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein