Google was recently slapped with a 145,000 Euros fine in Germany after a court ruled that it was illegally collecting private data from its users. The company was collecting and storing data related to private Wi-Fi networks as its Google Street View cars cruised down German streets. “In my view, this is one of the biggest data protection rules violations known,” Johannes Caspar, a data regulator in Germany, told Bloomberg. The company is also under a similar investigation in the United States.
Google was fined $25,000 in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission a year ago after the government body found that Google was impeding the investigation. It also came under fire last year for collecting private data from iPhone users who visited a site with a Google DoubleClick ad on it.