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145,000-Euro Fine for Google

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

April 22, 2013

Hamburg authorities have fined Google 145,000 euros for collecting data from unsecured wireless networks while collecting photos for its Street View services, The Economic Times reports. Google has said the collection was a mistake and the company never analyzed the information, which it has expunged. But Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Caspar said, "In my opinion this case constitutes one of the biggest known data protection violations in history," noting that by law, the maximum fine his office can levy for an accidental violation is 150,000 euros.
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