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Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Google’s Street View goof sees biggest fine yet (but regulators wanted more)

Germany privacy regulators have fined Google €145,000 ($189,000) for its Street View cars inadvertently harvesting WiFi network data, in what was described as "one of the biggest data protection rules violations known." The penalty is nearly the biggest amount permitted for negligent data rule contravention in Germany, and comfortably exceeds a €100,000 fine imposed in France two years ago. However, if regulators had their way [pdf link], Germany's Data Protection and Freedom of Information commission says, Google would be fined far more.

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Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Google Street View lifts off from world’s highest peaks

Today Google has released a series of explorations they did in Nepal, showing off some of the highest peaks on the planet and traveling through streets and buildings you and I might never have otherwise have seen. With the fabulous system known as Google Maps Street View, the photo spheres the group took are able to be viewed by you from your desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet at any time! This awesome trek began at Everest Base Camp where the crew rolled out over 70 miles through the mountains and through the towns - through lovely days and real powerful color splashes alike.

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Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

If you've heard about Google's latest fine at the hands of privacy seekers across the USA, you know good and well that their Street View cars are roaming around your neighborhood with their sensors on. But what are we doing to prepare for these traveling information collectors? Apparently not a whole lot, as part of the penalty being leveraged against Google is a requirement that they inform the public how to turn on the security on their own personal wifi hubs.

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