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Commissioner Fines Google Over Street View

DATA PROTECTION—SOUTH KOREA

February 6, 2014

South Korea’s communications regulator is fining Google over its Street View operations there. It’s the regulator’s first fine of a global company for privacy violations. The $196,000 fine results from the collection of residents’ personal data while the company took pictures for its Street View service, The Korean Herald reports. The move follows similar actions in Canada and France, among other jurisdictions. “This commission will punish those who collect information of the Korean public without exception,” said Korea Communications Commission Chairman Lee Kyung-jae. Meanwhile, the Financial Services Commission has found Prudential Life Insurance provided clients’ personal information to outsiders by granting access to the company’s intranet.
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