Mississippi to receive $115K from Google settlement

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $114,995 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks around the world.

The state’s share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood says the settlement is the result of nearly two years of negotiation. He says it recognizes the rights of individuals whose information was collected without their permission.

The Internet search leader agreed to pay $7 million to settle the investigation involving attorneys general in 38 states. The case dates to 2010 when Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been vacuuming up personal data transmitted over wireless networks not protected by passwords.