Thursday, January 29, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Facebook Reports Strong Fourth Quarter
Qualcomm Cuts Fiscal 2015 Outlook On Lower Chip Demand
Cloud Cryptographic Algorithm Protects Personal Data
Spying Program Runs Global Internet Watch: CBC
PlayStation Meets Spotify
Facebook Intros Trending Super Bowl
YouTube Now Defaults to HTML5
HP Led The Notebook Market In 2014
Active Discussions
Writing Audio files on DVDs ?
Need major help with Gigabeat
New match-3 puzzle game launch now!
Rimage 2000i
Sound card for my Laptop
hello
full screen wide screen
Hi
 Home > News > General Computing > Google ...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Google To Pay $7m To Settle Street View Probe


As it was previously reported, Google has agreed to pay a $7m fine for collecting people's personal data without authorisation as part of its Street View service.

U.S. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today joined 37 states and the District of Columbia in announcing the settlement with Google over its unauthorized collection of data from unsecured wireless networks in the U.S. Between 2008 and March 2010, Google took photographs for its Street View service and for use in future geolocation services. At the same time, Google collected and stored information including email and text messages, passwords, and web histories being transmitted over unsecured wireless networks without consent from the consumer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Google has agreed to secure and destroy the information it improperly collected, launch an employee training program to ensure its employees understand how to protect consumers and their information, conduct a national advertising campaign to educate consumers on how to protect their private information, and pay a $7 million fine to the states involved.

"Consumers have a right to protect their vital personal and financial information from improper and unwanted use by corporations like Google," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "This settlement addresses privacy issues and protects the rights of people whose information was collected without their permission. My office will continue to hold corporations accountable for violating the rights of New Yorkers."

The information Google collected may have included confidential or private information being transmitted to or from private homes while the Street View cars were driving by. Google has since disabled or removed both the equipment and software used to collect such data from its Street View vehicles, and agreed not to collect any additional information without notice and consent.

Further, Google agreed that the personal data its Street View cars collected will not be used in any product or service or be disclosed to any third party.

The $7 million fine represents a tiny fraction of Google's roughly $50.2 billion in 2012 revenue and its $10.7 billion in net income.

Marc Rotenberg, of the non-profit privacy advocacy group the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that the fine represents the largest in U.S. history by state Attorneys General for violations of Internet privacy.

"With revenue of $100 million a day, the fine just a drop in the bucket and not enough to deter bad behavior," Steve Pociask, the president of the non-profit American Consumer Institute, said in a statement.


Previous
Next
Galileo Satellite System Fixes First Ground Location        All News        FCC Approves T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS Merger
Galileo Satellite System Fixes First Ground Location     General Computing News      UK's Serious Fraud Office Says Sees No Conflict In Autonomy Probe

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Google Expands Its Fiber Internet Network
Google to Sell Wireless Services: report
Google Spending On Lobbying Topped 15 Tech And Communications Companies
Google To Bid For The Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Program
Google Stops Selling Glass
Apple, Google To End Lawsuit Over Poaching
Google Translate app Updated
Google To Offer Real-time Translation Too
Yahoo Almost Reaches Bing In US Search Share
Google Introduces Cast for Audio
Gmail Blocked in China
Google Unveils Its First Self-Driving Car

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .