European Data Protection Digest

More Investigations Launched

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 21, 2010

Spain, France and the Czech Republic have joined a growing list of data protection authorities planning to investigate Google for its collection of personal data sent over wireless networks, The New York Times reports. Officials in Germany, Australia and elsewhere are already investigating what data was collected by cars capturing photos for the company's Street View mapping feature and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle rebuked company co-founder Larry Page during a meeting yesterday. It remains to be seen what will come out of the various investigations, but a Hamburg-based privacy lawyer said the company can probably expect fines. However, said Ulrich Börger of the firm Latham Watkins, "What is probably much more worrisome to the company is the potential loss of image."
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