This story is from NBC News by Kevin Collier:
Google says it has removed ads for companies that charged exorbitant fees or that mined the personal data of people who used the search engine to learn how to vote.
A study by the Tech Transparency Project, a nonprofit watchdog for the tech industry, searched on Google for information such as “register to vote” and “where is my polling place.” Nearly a third of the more than 600 ads from those searches charged users to register to vote, mined their data for third-party voter registration services, signed them up for marketing emails or misleadingly took them to sites unrelated to voting.
One such site, hosted by a company called PrivacyWall, charges users $129 for “same-day processing” to register to vote. Eligible American voters can register to vote directly with their states or territories for free, and most states offer online registration.
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