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2010-10-23 07:20:00

Google Inc. said Friday that it was enhancing its privacy and security practices after its "Street View" mapping service vehicles inadvertently collected more wireless personal data than the company had previously disclosed. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company said its Street View cars had gathered personal data sent over unsecured Wi-Fi systems, including complete emails and passwords, in more than 30 countries. "In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted WiFi...

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2010-10-21 10:40:27

With the German debut of Google's Street View service drawing nearer, the California-based technologies company reported on Thursday that less than 3% of households in the European country have asked that their homes not be visible on the mapping program. Street View, which is currently available for users in nearly two dozen countries worldwide, is "close to launching" in the 20 biggest cities in Germany, national product manager Andreas Tuerk wrote in an October 21 post on Google's European...

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2010-10-20 06:15:00

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Tuesday that Google's accidental collection of personal data as part of its Street View project was a "serious violation" of the nation's privacy laws. The commissioner said the incident was the result of "an engineer's careless error", in which rogue code was accidentally added to the Street View software. The commissioner called on Google to tighten its privacy rules by February, or face further action. The statement follows an investigation...

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2010-10-19 06:00:00

The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating the country's data protection laws. In a statement posted on its website, the Spanish agency claims that Google illegally gathered data from Internet users as it collected images for its Street View mapping services. The charges follow an investigation the AEPD launched in May, which the agency said provided evidence of five separate violations committed by...

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2010-09-21 07:35:00

The government of Germany has called on Google Inc. and other providers of online navigation services to create a set of voluntary data protection guidelines for services such as Google's "Street View" by the end of the year. Failure to do so would result in the imposition of new market regulations to protect consumers, said Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday. De Maizier's comments came after a five-hour meeting with Internet executives, Germany's federal justice,...

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2010-09-20 09:15:00

As officials from the German government met on Monday to discuss privacy issues centering around Google's Street View service, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported that "several hundred thousand people" have told the California-based technology corporation that they do not want their homes and businesses featured on the mapping service. "Der Spiegel cited sources close to Google, which in August said it expected tens of thousands of tenants and owners to respond to its offer, unique to...

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2010-09-15 07:51:28

Google Inc has been barred from collecting new images in the Czech Republic to update its Street View feature, a spokesperson said Tuesday, becoming the latest setback in the search giant's mapping service. Google has sent its Street View cars around the world capturing images to be used with the search company's maps to give panoramic views of streets, but the service is facing sharp scrutiny from a number of US states and several other countries. The Czech Office for Personal Data...

2010-09-13 08:30:00

RICHMOND, VA., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Third Circuit Court of Appeals' inability to make a clear-cut decision in a privacy case involving the location data of telecommunications customers points to the murkiness of the emerging privacy, liability and national-security concerns linked to geo-location devices and applications, said LeClairRyan's Kevin D. Pomfret, an attorney whose practice focuses on the rapidly developing fields of spatial law and technology. "Forward-looking...

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2010-08-10 10:40:38

The Seoul-based South Korean headquarters of Google were raided by police this morning as part of an investigation into whether or not the company violated data protection or privacy laws by collecting unauthorized user data through their Street View cars. According to BBC News reports, 19 Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) agents "raided the office, seizing hard drives and related documents"¦ Authorities said they plan to summon Google officials for investigation once analysis on...

2010-08-09 13:31:00

Is Internet Giant's Technology Being Used to Spy On Americans? WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The FBI and DEA are now making extensive use of Google Earth, according to federal spending records. Consumer Watchdog is filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the agencies today to determine how the Internet giant's digital mapping technology is being used for domestic surveillance, including whether it is used for racial profiling or other abuses of civil liberties....