March 22nd, 2011
Google fined 100,000 euros by France for Street View's private data collection
Los Angeles Times
Google has received its first penalty for improperly gathering and storing data collected by its Street View cars and bicycles, and more sanctions could be on the way.
A 100,000-euro fine, equivalent to about $141,300, was handed down to Google by the French government’s technology and privacy group CNIL on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The fine was levied against Google for acquiring personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks from 2007 to 2010.
The private data—which included passwords, personal e-mails, online banking information and Web browsing histories—was siphoned by Google’s Street View cars and bicycles, which photograph 360-degree images of streets for Google’s online maps.
So far, the CNIL is the only agency to fine Google over the improper data collection, but more than 30 nations have criticized the search giant for it, and at least two other countries in Europe could also issue fines, the Associated Press said.