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UK: Google Wi-Fi collection violated data protection laws

Jeremy Kirk | Nov. 4, 2010
The Information Commissioner's Office is letting Google off with a warning and no fine

The Wi-Fi collection program remains under investigation by agencies in several countries. In Germany, Hamburg's Data Protection Authority (DPA) and the city's prosecutor's office continue to examine the data and whether collecting it broke German laws.

Last month, Spain's Data Protection Agency said it is investigating Google for up to five infractions of its laws over the collection of Wi-Fi data, for which the company could face more than 300,000 (US$417,000) in fines. In August, South Korean police raided Google's offices and launched an investigation into unauthorized data collection and illegal wiretapping.


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