Google fined $190,000 in Germany for illegal WiFi snooping with Street View cars

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Google fined $190,000 in Germany for WiFi snooping with Street View cars

Google’s been taking heat for a number of years since its Street View cars were found to be pulling WiFi data, and the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has today hit the search giant with a 145,000 euro fine (almost $190,000) for its indiscretions. You may not remember this specific case in Germany — it was nearly three years ago that investigations began, after all — but it has now come a close with this fine and the ruling that El Goog illegally recorded personal data including emails, passwords and pictures, which have all reportedly been deleted. We know the company has enough cash to pay in full, so the ruling will likely make more of a dent to its image than its bank account.

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Via: PCWorld

Source: Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom

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