Google finds cheap way out of multibillion-dollar 'Wi-Spy' suit

The Google logo sits on the company's exhibition stand at a Berlin tech conference in 2018. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi

Google is poised to pay a modest $13 million to end a 2010 privacy lawsuit that was once called the biggest U.S. wiretap case ever and threatened the internet giant with billions of dollars in damages.

The settlement would close the books on a scandal that was touched off by vehicles used by Google for its Street View mapping project. Cars and trucks scooped up emails, passwords and other personal information from unencrypted household Wi-Fi networks belonging to tens of millions of people all over the world...

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