Google gets introduced to a $189k fine in Germany due to Wi-Fi data violation
Hamburg-based data regulator Johannes Caspar has said that this is one of the biggest violations of data protection rules known to him. Interestingly, Germany was actually unable to issue a bigger fine, because their upper limit for such cases is EUR 150 000, or $195 330. As you can imagine, though, Mr. Caspar would like to see this limitation put much higher, in order to make companies think twice before endangering people's confidential information.
Now, if you'd excuse us, we have a walk to take on Champs-Élysées.
1. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I'm a little confused... Without getting too deep into it, what kind of "confidential information" was Google collecting?
2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 494; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
They are saying in GSM arena the data are (including things like email, passwords and more) Read this blog..
9. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Google's own blog said they captured that. That's what happens when you don't encrypt stuff (and no, not the wifi router, the stupid login page for your stuff).
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Then they should fine other companies
4. troutsy (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Google is the honey badger of "We believe in protecting internet rights / net neutrality while violating every one of your personal rights."
6. geekfreak (unregistered)
Its not just about the MONEY but also about their Reputation!!
7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Now if only US regulators can do the same.
8. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
"Google was recently fined $7 million by the FCC"
WRONG. A bunch of morons with an axe to grind settled for that. The FCC's only fine was Google holding up on evidence.
10. grahaman27 (Posts: 345; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
we all do this with our cell phones when we leave wifi on to an extent.
every single one of us could be fined for leaving our wifi on as we drive our cars collecting broadcast data and general network information.
11. umlguy (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
I guess I still don't get the issue. We have Joe public pushing his wireless network encrypted or not so that the signals can be "seen" by anyone passing by and Google gets fined for tracking where those wifi hotspots are ... not how to get into them or anything, just the fact that there is a wifi hotspot there. Big whoop!