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Monday, 21 March 2011 12:18

France fines Google 100,000 euro

Written by Nick Farell

Street View fiasco rolls on
France's data privacy regulator said has fined Google 100,000 euros for collecting private information while compiling its panoramic Street View service.

It is one of the steepest fines that  the CNIL, the National Commission for Information Freedom, has fined since the watchdog obtained the power in 2004 to impose financial sanctions in 2004. While 100,000 euro might be huge for CNIL, we doubt it is much more than Google spends on rubber bands, but we guess its heart is in the right place.

Google launched its Street View service, which provides panoramic views of city streets,  to a controversy over privacy. Things were made worse when Google admitted in 2010 that its specially equipped cars taking the photographs were also picking up Wi-Fi data and had inadvertently captured unencrypted private data including passwords and e-mails.

The regulator said this was "unfair collection" of information under French law and Google had received economic benefits from the data.

Nick Farell

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+9 #1 Medallish 2011-03-21 14:49
I wouldn't call it that much of a fiasco, I mean yeah Google messed up and they sort of deserve what they get for what is invasion of privacy, even if it happened inadvertently, but it's an awesome function, so often I use it so I can recognize the buildings where I need to go, it's one of those things that simply makes Google Maps better.
+11 #2 123s 2011-03-21 15:23
100k ? Haha.
+9 #3 iicsus 2011-03-21 19:24
I think they're ashamed to pay such a small fine.
+1 #4 deadspeedv 2011-03-22 05:26
Jesus cant even buy a house with a 100k. Sounds like they sucked google for all their worth lol
+8 #5 thaad 2011-03-22 08:29
only 100K??????????

Did France know what Google is?...
0 #6 EVOXSNES 2011-03-22 17:43
Well the French can only be Defeated or raped. I'd say this qualifies as somewhere in the middle

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