Google is Fined 145,000 Euros for Collecting Data by Street View

The Hamburg for Protection of Data and Freedom of Information Commission (our translation to Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information) today announced that Google will have to pay 145,000 euros for illegal capture of information by Street View cars.

The investigation began in 2010 and revealed that, in addition to taking pictures of the streets through which passed the cars used by the service also kept personal information such as photos, emails, passwords and chat WiFi networks without password.

The company had to pay the fine and delete all data collected, although they were, she obtained without intention. For this reason, the amount to be paid, which was initially 300 thousand euros, fell to less than half.

What is almost a symbolic amount for a company that has made ​​more than 14 billiondollars in the last quarter of 2012.

To Commissioner Hamburg for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johaness Caspar, that it is one of the most serious cases of violation of privacy , the amount of data collected and for so long. It also indicates that Google has serious flaws safety , which is particularly worrying.

It is not the first time that the company is accused of something,  recently had to pay a total of $ 7 million to pay fines in 14 US states for the same reason.

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