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Google Pays 1m Euro Fine In Italy Over Street View Concerns

Photo: EPA Google has paid a 1 million euro (HK$10.7 million) fine imposed by Italys data protection watchdog over complaints that the cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognisable, the regulator said on Thursday. Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View roamed Italys streets without being entirely recognisable as such, therefore not allowing the people present in those places to decide whether to be photographed or not, it said in a statement, referring to Googles headquarters at Mountain View in California. Google has faced numerous privacy lawsuits in the United States and Europe, relating to services including Street View, which gives a panoramic perspective on streets around the world. We complied with everything the [regulator] required of us at the time. Google The fine from the DPA relates to an old case that dates back to 2010. We complied with everything the [regulator] required of us at the time, a Google spokeswoman said. The penalty announced on Thursday relates only to vehicles not being labelled clearly enough. The watchdog has also reported to Italys judicial authorities that Google accidentally captured fragments of electronic communications as part of its mapping research in the country. In September last year a US federal appeals court rejected Googles bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when its accidentally collected personal data while building Street View. Google was also fined 145,000 euros last year by a privacy regulator in Germany for inadvertently intercepting e-mails, user names, passwords and other data from Wi-Fi networks while taking photographs for Street View and decided not to contest the fine.
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