Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is again stuck in a lawsuit; it seems that the search engine has made it a habit of searching trouble.
Google is reportedly said to be paying $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari browser. The charges involve Google's use of special computer code, or cookies, to trick Apple's Safari browser so Google could monitor users that had blocked such tracking.
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Last day Google had confessed of still possessing the private data of people around 30 countries that had been mistakenly taken while working on the street mapping service. The personal information like emails, passwords, and health and banking data from private networks had been captured in Google’s Wi-Fi network by Google’s Street View cars.
Privacy regulators of UK had already ordered the search engine to delete all the personal data collected by Google while working upon its street mapping service.
The reason for Google’s not keeping up to its arrangement with the regulators is still not clear. As per the arrangement executed in the November of 2010, the data so mistakenly gathered by Google (as they put it) should have been deleted from its records by December 2010. But Google had then claimed that in the process of notifying relevant authorities in other countries where personal data had been captured, the deletion had been delayed. The UK privacy regulator FCC had already fined Google $25,000 in April 2012 for keeping the personal data without their acknowledgement.
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The Britain's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) had contacted other European regulators to let them know about Google's letter and has been very concerned with the search giant’s actions. Google says it still has data that was supposedly destroyed from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Australia.