Google fined 145,000 euros for illegal data collection

23 April 2013

Bitterwallet - Google logo Ever get the impression that Google are more than happy to keep illegally collecting our data and just put up with the fines? They've been penalised again, this time 145,000 euros, by a German regulator for collecting WiFi data with their Street View cars.

From 2008 to 2010, Google's cars captured a whole host of data - including contents of emails, photos, passwords and more - and German data regulator Johannes Caspar reopened the investigation after a related criminal case was dropped last year.

"In my view, this is one of the biggest data protection rules violations known," said Caspar. Google’s "internal control mechanisms must have severely failed."

Google have of course been fined before for harvesting data (a French privacy regulator hit them with a 100,000 euro penalty in 2011), so the internet giant has been trying to tighten up their systems, saying that they didn't want the info and didn't even look at it.

However, the EU is not convinced, with six European Union regulators started "coordinated" enforcement measures over Google's new blanket privacy policy.

This won't be the last we hear of this.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   World News

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