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Google Fined 100,000 Over Street View

Google Fined 100,000 Over Street View

Google has been hit with a record fine by France's privacy watchdog, CNIL, over personal data it gathered by mistake when setting up Street View.

The 100,000 euro (£87,000) penalty is the largest ever given by the CNIL.

It serves as punishment for mistakenly gathering personal data from Wi-Fi networks while taking pictures for Street View as they roamed Europe from 2007-2010 taking photographs.

Google has apologised for the blunder and said it would delete the data concerned.

The information gathered was intended to be used to improve the location finding ability of Street View and other Google services.

CNIL criticised Google for its conduct during the investigation "They were not always willing to co-operate with us, they didn't give us all the information we asked for, like the source code of all devices in the Google cars," said Yann Padova, CNIL's executive director. "They were not always very transparent."

In a statement, Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel wrote "As we have said before, we are profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected payload data from unencrypted Wi-Wi networks."

Google has two months to appeal against the fine. It is the first imposed on Google over the Wi-Wi data but there could be more to come from other countries.


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