As part of the agreement, Google stipulated the cars had downloaded confidential and private information from users including e-mails, passwords and URLs. They will also not contest that the cars collected the data every day they operated.
Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog blasted the announcement and repeated its call for outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt to explain the incident to lawmakers.
“The details of the biggest privacy breach in history shouldn’t be settled in secret,” said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google Project. “This makes it clear why Google CEO Eric Schmidt needs to testify under oath before Congress about Wi-Spy.”
Google is still facing demands from several nations around the globe for further details of the incident.