France fines Google over Street View data blunder

Google has been hit with a fine by France’s privacy watchdog CNIL over the personal data it mistakenly gathered when setting up Street View.The £87,000 (100,000 euro) penalty is the largest ever handed out by CNIL.The fine is punishment for Google mistakenly scooping up personal data from wi-fi networks while taking pictures for Street View. see:Google Faces French Fine for Breach of Privacy
Google’s privacy problems mounted Monday as French regulators fined the company for violating data protection laws and accused it of continuing to flout the rules even though it acknowledged mistakes in collecting data for an online mapping service.The privacy watchdog agency imposed a fine of 100,000 euros ($142,000), saying Google had been insufficiently forthcoming about privacy violations involving its Street View service, which enhances Internet maps with pictures. French officials also said that Google continued to break privacy rules in operating a mobile app called Latitude, which lets users broadcast their location and pinpoint the whereabouts of friends. panel fines Google $142K for Street View collection of Wi-Fi data [IDG]
Google must pay a fine of €100,000 ($142,000) for the unauthorized collection of information about the location of Wi-Fi hotspots in France by its Street View cars, France’s National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) has ordered.The cars, tasked with taking panoramic photos and 3D scans of buildings, and associating them with precise GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates for Google’s Street View service, also eavesdropped on Wi-Fi networks, recording their SSIDs (Service Set Identifiers) and MAC (Media Access Control) addresses, Google said last April, following an investigation by the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany. fines Google in Street View data case
France’s data protection regulator has fined Google 100,000 euros for collecting private data from wireless networks when its camera-equipped cars gathered footage for its on-line map service Street View.The Commission nationale de l’information et des libertes (CNIL) told Google in May 2010 to stop the practice and asked it to turn over a copy of the information it had collected. hit with record $140k fine
Despite the Australian Federal Police decision to not pursue Google for collecting private information while compiling its panoramic Street View service, France’s data privacy regulator said on Monday night that it had imposed a record fine of 100,000 euros ($141,022) on the search engine giant.

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