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Caspar to Meet with Google, Steffen to Introduce Bill Next Week

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

April 30, 2010

Google has confirmed that its Street View cars collect Wi-Fi data, but a company spokesperson declares that the practice is "totally legal" and said the company has no plans to publish the data, The New York Times reports. But, "The question is what will Google do with this information?" asked Johannes Caspar, the head of data protection in Hamburg, who will meet with company representatives next week. Meanwhile, German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner is calling on Germans to opt out of Street View, and a Hamburg senator for justice plans to introduce a bill in the Bundesrat next week that would impose €50,000-60,000 fines for every instance where the company failed to eliminate the data of citizens who had opted out, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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