Indiana and D.C. AGs Settle with Google over Alleged Deceptive Location Tracking Practices

  • Indiana AG Todd Rokita and District of Columbia AG Karl A. Racine announced settlements with Google LLC over allegations that it utilized “dark patterns” and other deceptive practices to track consumers’ location data even when the consumers believed that they had successfully turned off Google’s tracking in their privacy settings.
  • Under the terms of the settlements, Indiana will receive $20 million, and the District of Columbia will receive $9.5 million. Both settlements require Google to implement consent and disclosure practices that increase consumers’ ability to understand when their location is being tracked and disable location tracking if they prefer. The settlements also limit the company’s use and retention of location data, among other things.
  • A multistate AG coalition settled with Google over the same allegations in November 2022, which we wrote about here.