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2010-10-30 00:00:45

Google rolled out radical changes to the popular Google Maps program late Wednesday afternoon. ListedFirst.com has taken equally radical steps to ensure client listing viability within the new program. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 28, 2010 Google rolled out radical changes to the popular Google Maps program late Wednesday afternoon. ListedFirst.com has taken equally radical steps to ensure client listing viability within the new program. As of October 27th, Google has completely...

2010-10-28 05:00:00

Google Inc, working to promote and improve its new Google TV service, is giving away ten thousand of the devices to developers, the company said Wednesday. The Internet search giant gave away 3,000 devices at a developers conference held this week by Adobe in Los Angeles, said Amanda Surya of Google TV's developer relations team. "We are focusing our efforts on empowering the developers of the world to make Google TV an even better experience, through websites that have been built with the...

2010-10-27 14:00:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission's two-page letter ending its probe of the Google Wi-Spy scandal is premature and wrong, Consumer Watchdog said today, and leaves the American public with no official full account of the Internet giant's repeated invasions of consumer privacy. The FTC's failure to act makes it even more important for Congress to hold hearings on Google's Wi-Spying, in which the company's Street View cars gathered...

2010-10-27 06:27:47

A Google senior executive said Tuesday that the Internet search company is "building stronger controls" to safeguard privacy after it admitted to accidentally collecting personal data around the world with its Google Street View program. Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, told reporters at an Internet security meeting he was "puzzled" that users had not utilized privacy controls made available on the site months ago, and Google was now trying to improve them. Fleischer said...

2010-10-26 09:26:14

The controversy surrounding Google's Street View mapping program continued on Monday, as privacy officials in Italy announced that they would enforce restrictions on the service. "There has been strong alarm and also hostility in a lot of European countries against Google taking photos. We have received protests even from local administrations," Privacy Authority President Francesco Pizzetti told Italian newspaper La Stampa, according to Reuters. In response to those privacy concerns, Pizetti...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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