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Google Slapped with Fine in Germany for Collecting Private Data

by Todd Haselton | April 22, 2013April 22, 2013 11:30 am PDT

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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.

Bloomberg

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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