Thursday, July 31, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Researchers Discover New Smartphone Flaws
U.S. Government Issues Warning About Malicious Software
Hackers Can Use USB Devices in Attacks
Next Apple TV Release Delayed
CoD: Advanced Warfare Collector's Editions Announced
Lite-On IT Merged With Lite-On
AMD Introduces New Kaveri APUs for System Builders
Toshiba, Samsung Vie For 48-layer 3-D NAND Chips
Active Discussions
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
Video editing software.
 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 To Show Ratings to Search-Results Ads
Google Does Not Confirm to $1 Billion Acquisition Of Twitch
Google Implemented "Right To Be Forgotten" Ruling Inadequately, EC says
European Regulators May Need Extra Concessions From Google
Google Profit And Revenue Jump
Google Plus No Longer Requires Real Names
Google To Combat Zero-day Attacks With Project Zero
Google And Novartis To Offer Smart Lens
Google To Invest $100 Million To European StartUps
Google Restores Search Links To British Newspaper Articles
Google Buys Songza
Court Rejects Google Appeal In Street View Privacy Case

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .