Comcast has agreed to pay a $33 million settlement with California over claims that the cable company posted personal details of customers online. The settlement was announced by state Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement on Thursday.
The California Department of Justice and the California Public Utilities Commission says Comcast must pay $25 million in penalties and investigative costs.
The cable provider will also pay approximately $8 million in restitution to customers whose numbers were disclosed online.
Both departments alleged that Comcast posted names, phone numbers and addresses of “tens of thousands” of customers who had paid for unlisted voice over internet protocol (VOIP) phone service.
As part of the settlement, Comcast will refund all fees that nearly 75,000 customers paid for the unlisted service. The company will also provide each of those customers with a $100 payment.
The company has also promised to strengthen its privacy controls moving forward, ensuring that all promises for customer privacy are maintained at all times.