Sunday, August 12, 2012

After FCC charge, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) faces privacy violation charge from Norway

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) faces fine from Norway’s data-protection regulator after getting charged by the FCC in UK.

The charges amounting $42K had been fined on Google’s failure of deleting personal data of wi-fi users while making its street maps. Google had accepted that its street map project cars while working on the street map projects had mistakenly collected personal data of wi-fi users passing through the range of its cars.

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The charge referred to as violation charge by the Norway regulator had been regarding this violation of privacy rights. The Norwegian agency received a letter from Google on July 27 alerting it to the undeleted data and asking the agency what it should do. The regulator said Google has to delete it by Oct. 1.

Similar letter had also been sent to U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office whereby Google had admitted to its failure of deleting the personal data of users that had been collected without user consent. The FCC had charged Google $25,000 for impeding its probe of unlawful collection of data gathering. The U.K. agency asked Google to provide the data “immediately” for analysis and a French regulator made a similar request on July 31.

The personal data in question comprise of users e-mails, passwords, and other personal data. 

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