Indiana AG Todd Rokita Secures $20M Google Settlement
January 4, 2023
Indiana gets double the money after splitting off from
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita secured a $20 million
settlement with Google to resolve Indiana’s lawsuit against
Google for deceptive location tracking practices.
The attorney general filed a separate, independent lawsuit when
negotiations between the company and a coalition of state
attorneys general stalled. As a result, Indiana received
approximately twice as much money as it would have received as
part of the settlement that was later reached with the 40 states
that did not file lawsuits against Google.
“This settlement is another manifestation of our steadfast
commitment to protect Hoosiers from Big Tech’s intrusive
schemes,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We will continue
holding these companies accountable for their improper
manipulation of consumers.”
Google’s deceptive practices became widely known following a
2018 story by the Associated Press. After that story, multiple
states began investigating Google’s location tracking practices.
As detailed in Indiana’s lawsuit, Google uses location data
collected from Indiana consumers to build detailed user profiles
and target ads, but Google has deceived and misled users about
its practices since at least 2014.
General Rokita aggressively pursued litigation against Google
because even a limited amount of location data can expose a
person’s identity and routines. Such data can be used to infer
personal details such as political or religious affiliation,
income, health status or participation in support groups — as
well as major life events such as marriage and the birth of
With this settlement, Attorney General Rokita has ensured that
Hoosiers are no longer coerced into trading away their privacy.
This lawsuit was handled by an experienced litigation team
including Doug Swetnam, Vanessa Voigt Gould, and Jennifer Van
Dame — who tenaciously pursued complex data privacy theories in
a Hoosier courtroom against a well-resourced adversary.