Google fined €145,000 in Germany over WiFi Street View data

In 2010, Google admitted that the Street View cars it uses to collect data for its Google Maps service also collected emails, passwords and more data from open WiFi sources in a number of European countries, including Germany. Today, German regulators placed a fine on Google for this practice.

Bloomberg reports that Google's fine was €145,000 ($189,230) which is a pretty tiny amount compared to what Google earns every quarter. The data from the open WiFi networks was collected by the Street Car vehicles between 2008 and 2010. Google has insisted that it never looked at, or used the data collected by all those WiFi antennas and has since stopped this practice.

Back in 2010, Google said it was going to delete all the Street View WiFi information; but in 2012 it had to admit that accidentally kept "a small portion of payload data" from those vehicles in the UK and other European territories. This new fine from Germany comes as the European Commission is reportedly considering a settlement agreement from Google that relates to its search businesses. While the settlement has yet to be approved, Microsoft and other companies have already stated that Google's antitrust concessions are just not good enough.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Freefotouk

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Google stealing data: 145.000€
Microsoft web browser download ballot temporary mistake: 561.000.000€

Windows in 90% PC's = Monopoly
Android in 90% smartphone = Healthy market.

F*** logic.

Also, anti-Microsoft and Google-loving is pretty popular on the web. So f*** you too if you're one of those retards. Google's revenue comes from stuff you hate (ads, selling personal data). Microsoft's revenue comes from selling software and services.

**** Google. They are the one's that should have "anti" fanboys.

Temporary? The browser ballot had been missing for about a year. And the case against Google didnt find any criminal intent. So blame the lawyers for the low fine as they dropped the ball.

Also, there are just as many anti/pro people for MS and Google.

Anything else you said is just fill of anger and not even going to reply to. Relax a little.

EDIT: Here, the browser ballot had been missing for a bout a year and a half.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1080...owser-ballot-no-one-missed/

But hey, I guess that was a mistake on Microsofts part and they had nothing/no knowledge on what was going on..../s

techbeck said,
Temporary? The browser ballot had been missing for about a year. And the case against Google didnt find any criminal intent. So blame the lawyers for the low fine as they dropped the ball...

The fact that NO one complained that it was missing for that long clearly shows that it was a money grab to begin with and had no real place being in the operating system to begin with.

DBrandUSA said,

The fact that NO one complained that it was missing for that long clearly shows that it was a money grab to begin with and had no real place being in the operating system to begin with.

And no one catches me speeding all the time either. But as soon as I get caught, you be sure I will get fined.

Point is, doesnt matter. MS violated the law. Did MS do this willfully? Who knows, but I wouldnt put it past them either way.

techbeck said,

And no one catches me speeding all the time either. But as soon as I get caught, you be sure I will get fined.

Point is, doesnt matter. MS violated the law. Did MS do this willfully? Who knows, but I wouldnt put it past them either way.

You missed the point.

Seriously? That's it? That's a serious privacy issue and other companies get sued for soooo much more for doing so much less.

j2006 said,
Seriously? That's it? That's a serious privacy issue and other companies get sued for soooo much more for doing so much less.

Blame the prosecution for failing to find criminal violations. Seems like the lawyers fault.