Authorities Offer Company Extrajudicial Settlement
PRIVACY LAW—BELGIUMAugust 18, 2011
A federal prosecutor from Belgium has offered Google the opportunity to pay a €150,000 fine to settle claims of illegal data collection practices stemming from its Street View project, Bloomberg reports. The company now has three months to accept the offer or the case could be brought before the country's federal court, which could declare higher fines or imprisonment. A Google representative said, "We have received an offer of extrajudicial settlement from the Belgian federal prosecutor, and we have to study it carefully."