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[LA Times] Google fined €100,000 for Street View in France

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Google has received its first penalty for improperly gathering and storing data collected by its Street View cars and bicycles, and more sanctions could be on the way.

A 100,000-euro fine, equivalent to about $141,300, was handed down to Google by the French government's technology and privacy group CNIL on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The fine was levied against Google for acquiring personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks from 2007 to 2010.

The private data -- which included passwords, personal e-mails, online banking information and Web browsing histories -- was siphoned by Google's Street View cars and bicycles, which photograph 360-degree images of streets for Google's online maps.
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post #2 of 26
Good, and I hope something like this happens in the US and other countries as well. It's one thing to photograph your home, it's another thing to link in to your wifi and steal passwords and other personal information. And yes, I do mean steal.

They say they don't do anything with it... I'm calling BS on that.
 
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I wonder what exactly they "stole". I read somewhere that it was BSSID ESSID and channel.
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free public wifi
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Pocket change for Google.
     
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If you feel like your privacy is invaded so much, contact Google and they'll not only take you off the 'street view', but your whole street.
 
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Give people free bread, and they will still complain.


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I've seen this car before lol
which means.. i'm on the internets!

Edit: i don't think Google care about the fine.. i mean its only like pocket change to them by now
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Hope they allocated to a sinking fund
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Pocket change for Google.
agreed
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