Google Pays US Fine Over Street View Privacy Breach

Google has agreed to pay $7 million as a result of an investigation brought by a coalition of state attorneys general, officials said Tuesday, in one of the largest fines for violating privacy in the digital age.The fine stems from the Street View case, where Google deployed special vehicles to photograph the houses and offices lining the world’s streets. But for several years the company was also secretly collecting personal information — e-mails, medical and financial records, passwords — as it cruised by. It was data-scooping from millions of unencrypted wireless networks. see:Google hit by $7m Street View fine in US
Google has agreed to pay a $7m (£4.6m) fine for collecting people’s personal data without authorisation as part of its Street View service.In a settlement with 38 US states, the internet giant agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories.The data was harvested from home wireless networks as Street View cars photographed neighbourhoods between 2008 and 2010. to pay $7 million for privacy violation
Google on Tuesday agreed to pay a group of states $7 million to settle complaints that its Street View cars violated people’s privacy.The settlement with 37 states comes nearly three years after the company admitted to collecting information like passwords and e-mails from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks its cars were passing by. The Internet search giant that it will take steps to make sure the company does not tap into networks again in the future. As part of the settlement, Google has also agreed to destroy the personal data it collected.

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