Criminal Sanctions, Fine Sought for Web Giant
ONLINE PRIVACY—SPAINOctober 22, 2010
DLA Piper's E-Commerce and Privacy Alert reports on the announcement by Spain's Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) that it has initiated a criminal sanction procedure and plans to impose a fine of over €2.4 million against Google, based on the outcome of its investigation into the collection of WiFi data by Google's Street View service that included user surnames, usernames and passwords. The AEPD alleges the company has committed five infringements of the Spanish Data Protection Act, the report states, and will send a special report of its conclusions to a criminal court in Madrid. The company is also facing questions in Canada. Google, which has discontinued the WiFi data collection process, has stated that the personal information was collected unintentionally.