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Google Ordered to Pay $7 Million to U.S. States for Wi-Fi Snooping Incident

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Christo [PCD]
Fri Mar 15 2013, 09:39am
Christo [PCD] Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 10:48am
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Google also agreed to destroy all of this data collected in the U.S.

Google is finally settling a three-year investigation this week into a Wi-Fi incident that occurred when compiling data for its mapping service.

Google's Street View mapping cars had accidentally collected personal data, such as home wireless network passwords, between 2008 and 2010. The cars were out collecting images and data for the Street View mapping system in Google Maps, and were using an experimental computer code in the cars' software while doing so. This led to the accidental collection of personal data

The settlement orders that Google split $7 million among 38 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia, which were involved in the incident. Google also agreed to destroy all of this data collected in the U.S. (it's still working things out with European countries, where the same incident occurred).

Google will also deploy employee education programs that fill them in about user privacy, and will also launch a campaign about protecting information on wireless networks.

While Google has now been punished for its incident, some are not happy with the amount of the fine. For instance, Steve Pociask, the president of the American Consumer Institute, said that $7 million is nothing to a huge tech company like Google and likely won't ward off any further intrusions of privacy.

Google had a revenue of $50.2 billion in 2012 and $10.7 billion in net income.

Source: Reuters



[Submitted by Christo [PCD]]

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Morgue[FLB]
Tue Apr 09 2013, 10:23pm
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Yep, $7m is pocket-change to Google.

But the entire incident has increased awareness for the need for wireless security. So that's a good thing.
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Hawk
Sun Apr 14 2013, 09:04am
Hawk Registered Member #217 Joined: Mon Sep 18 2006, 04:12pm
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Also, you can't get Google Streetview in Austria.
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