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Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

For most people, their worst fear is having their private information, like their search history or e-mails, leaked out to the public. While their information wasn't leaked publicly, many people found that their greatest fear almost became a reality when Google Street View cars accidentally came into possession of their passwords, adult-rated web site visits, and e-mails by activating their wireless collection system.

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European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

Early last year when Google revealed that it would be combining its privacy policy across all its services, many people cried foul, stating that such a move allowed it to gather far too much information about its users. Google contended that the short, simpler privacy policy is something that users prefer, and that having one policy across multiple products and/or services is not uncommon. European regulators quickly jumped on the change, however, and after some back and forth, they still aren't satisfied with how Google has handled the issue.

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Google celebrates Data Privacy Day with Government data clarity

Google celebrates Data Privacy Day with Government data clarity

Today is Data Privacy Day 2013 and Google has decided to make it official with a set of clarifications on how they deal with government requests for data. This is a topic that Google has made a point to be as clear as possible about in the past, just recently having released a new report on how many requests for data they'd received (and how many they'd filled) in 2012. Google is also letting the world know today that they're continuing efforts to uphold such laws as the U.S. Electronic Communications Privacy Act in their deeds and through their membership in the Digital Due Process coalition as well.

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Google must change privacy policy demand EU watchdogs

Google must change privacy policy demand EU watchdogs

European data protection regulators have demanded Google change its privacy policy, though the French-led team did not conclude that the search giant's actions amounted to something illegal. The investigation, by the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique (CNIL), argued that Google's decision to condense the privacy policies of over sixty products into a single agreement - and at the same time increase the amount of inter-service data sharing - could leave users unclear as to how different types of information (as varied as search terms, credit card details, or phone numbers) could be used by the company.

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Google faces forced privacy backtrack after Euro scolding

Google faces forced privacy backtrack after Euro scolding

Google faces the challenge of dismantling its unified user accounts, which among other things helps bake its Google+ social network into most aspects of search, under pressure from French regulators. The huge endeavor, backtracking on its integrated privacy policy, will be forced by the French CNIL data protection commissioner, The Guardian reports, with an announcement by the organization expected on Tuesday this week.

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Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

Google refuses wrongdoing vs Safari, privacy fine confirmed

This week it's been a real all-out brawl very much behind the scenes when it's come to the FTC cutting down Google for their supposed privacy infractions with the Apple Safari web browser - and today they've spoken up. Google has sent out an extremely tiny statement to CNN which essentially has them refusing the idea that they did anything wrong as far as privacy is concerned with Apple's Safari browser. In addition, CNN has gotten some confirmation of the privacy fine Google faces, though they're currently unwilling to share their sources on the matter.

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Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

The apparent incoming settlement between Google and the FTC is giving privacy groups a reason to celebrate today, as news of the possible $22.5 million deal is making headlines as the largest ever of its kind. Google, as many of you already know, is suspected of circumventing Safari's do-not-track settings and installing cookies on users' computers anyway, a revelation that did not sit too well with those who would prefer to have their surfing as private as possible. With a settlement likely in sight, privacy groups took time today to applaud the hefty fine the FTC imposed on Google for apparently ignoring Safari's settings.

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Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google is likely to pay $22.5m to settle its privacy argument with the FTC, the largest such fine ever imposed, but a drop in the ocean for the search giant. The penalty - which amounts to $16,000 per violation per day - is over Google's decision to ignore Safari browser users' privacy settings around cookies, and will be officially announced soon according to the WSJ's sources; however, it also highlights the comparative limitations of such fines, with Google on average making $22.5m in the space of five hours last year.

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Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has reopened its investigation into the Street View data collection that occurred between 2007 and 2010. In a letter to the search company, the watchdog company lays out how the case needs to be reopened following the FCC’s findings. Google told the watchdog in the past that it had no knowledge of the data snooping taking place, with the FCC finding evidence suggesting the opposite.

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