According to Bloomberg, Google will pay Arizona $85 million to settle a 2020 lawsuit alleging that the search giant was illegally tracking Android users.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued at the time that Google tracked users for targeted advertising even after they turned off location data settings.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because Google is being sued over similar data tracking complaints by attorneys general in Texas, Washington, D.C., and Indiana.
According to Brnovich’s office, the $85 million settlement is the highest amount Google has paid per user in a privacy lawsuit.
However, given Google’s current quarterly revenue of more than $69 billion, the punishment may appear insignificant. It’s nothing compared to the $1.7 billion fine Google received from the EU for deceptive advertising practices.
Google spokesman José Castaeda said in a statement that the suit was related to older product policies that had been changed.
“We provide straightforward controls and auto delete options for location data, and are always working to minimize the data we collect,” he said. “We are pleased to have this matter resolved and will continue to focus our attention on providing useful products for our users.”
Brnovich, meanwhile, says he’s “proud of this historic settlement that proves no entity, not even big tech companies, is above the law.”