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DPAs Find Privacy Law Infractions

PRIVACY LAW

October 22, 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. Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has concluded that the company's activities contravened the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and has given Google until February 1, 2011, to implement recommendations for rectification. Spain's Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), meanwhile, is bringing sanctions against the company for five infractions of Spanish law, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports, and is charging Google Spain with transferring data to the U.S. "without the guarantees required by Spain's Information Protection Law," the report states. Google has discontinued the WiFi data collection practice and has announced it has no plans to resume it.
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