Investigations, Court Actions Abound Over Google WiFi Collection
ONLINE PRIVACYMay 28, 2010
A U.S. federal court has issued a restraining order prohibiting Google from destroying data it collected over WiFi networks, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The court is also ordering Google to turn over two copies of wireless data collected from the U.S., where suits have also been filed in Oregon, Massachusetts, California and Washington, DC. In Australia, the Australian Privacy Foundation has said there are grounds for consumers to pursue legal recourse, suggesting the company violated the Telecommunications Act and the Privacy Act. Investigations into Google's collection of personal information through its Street View vehicles are ongoing across the globe, including in the Czech Republic, where the Office for Personal Data Protection has reported Google could face fines of up to €392,000.