Google Fined in France Over Street view Data

Google logoFrance's data protection regulator has fined Google &euros;100,000 for collecting private data from WiFi when its cars gathered footage for its on-line map service Street View.

The Commission nationale de l'information et des libertes (CNIL) today said that Google's tactics violated the French law. CNIL said that Google's cars were wirelessly collecting data (IDs, passwords, login details, email exchanges) as they were moving across the French streets.

CNIL told Google in May 2010 to stop the practice and asked it to turn over a copy of the information it had collected, but Google did not respond in a timely manner, according to CNIL. As a result, the French regulator on 17 March 2011 fined Google.

Google's problems with data collection within Street View started last year. Last May, Google disclosed that its Street View cars around the world had collected private data, such as emails and Internet surfing records, from unsecured wireless networks.

Google had apologized for mistakenly collected payload data from unencrypted WiFi networks and that its WiFi data collection equipment had been removed from its cars in each country.

Street View provides photographs of neighborhoods taken by Google cameras. The service has been extremely controversial in Germany and other countries as privacy groups and authorities fear that people - filmed without their consent - might be photographed doing things they wouldn't want publicized.

Several countries have been investigating Google over the data collection, and there are growing concerns from regulators and consumer watchdogs worldwide that Google isn't serious enough about people's privacy - a charge the company denies.

Source: CDRinfo

Tags: Google, Wi-Fi

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
The new 64-bit version of Firefox will be optimized to run on these computers for better performance
 
Google is expanding the Pixel 3’s eSIM support to a few new countries
 
And fortunately, it won’t be an iPhone X-like notch
 
Qualcomm Technologies has shown on the path to commercialization of 5G
 
It will be embracing Chromium in the development of the browser
 
The new OLEDs will be on display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas early next year
 
Quintuple-app strategy offers "a simpler and more unified communications experience"
 
Google's other mobile SDK is deemed ready for prime time
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (11)