Germany Fines Google For Street View Data-Grabbing

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT) -- A German privacy regulator on Monday fined Google Inc. nearly $200,000 for unlawfully collecting personal information sent over unsecured Wi-Fi networks as part of its Street View service, calling the data grab one of the most serious violations of the country's privacy rules in history.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information handed down the €145,000 ($189,000) penalty after concluding that Google had “negligently and without authorization” captured and stored personal data transmitted by unsecured Wi-Fi networks within range of vehicles that the...
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