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CNIL Issues Record Fine Over WiFi Collection

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

March 21, 2011

The CNIL, France's data privacy regulator, has issued a €100,000 fine against Google for the collection of personal information over unencrypted wireless networks by its Street View vehicles and has asked the company to delete all data collected. The Guardian reports that the fine represents the highest penalty levied by the CNIL since it obtained fining powers back in 2004. Google has repeatedly apologized for collecting the data. "As we have said before, we are profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected payload data from unencrypted WiFi networks," said Google Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer, adding, "Deleting the data has always been our priority, and we're happy the CNIL has given permission for us to do so."
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