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PRIVACY LAW—SPAIN CANADA

October 19, 2010

The privacy authorities of Canada and Spain have concluded investigations into Google's collection of personal information from unencrypted WiFi networks via its Street View vehicles. Spain's Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) is bringing sanctions against the company for five infractions of Spanish law, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports, including the gathering and storing of personal data without the consent of individuals involved. In addition, the AEPD is charging Google Spain with transferring data to the United States "without the guarantees required by Spain's Information Protection Law," the report states. Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has concluded that the company's activities contravened that country's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and has given Google until February 1, 2011, to implement recommendations for rectification.
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