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Google gets introduced to a $189k fine in Germany due to Wi-Fi data violation

0. phoneArena 22 Apr 2013, 10:51 posted on

Back in 2008, Google's Street View cars were happily driving around Germany, taking 360-degree photos and... collecting data from the Wi-Fi hotspots scattered around the country...

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posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:17 1

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?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:24

2. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


They are saying in GSM arena the data are (including things like email, passwords and more) Read this blog..

http://blog.gsmarena.com/google-gets-145000-fine-for-collecting-wi-fi-data-with-its-street-view-cars-in-germany/

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:21 1

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1264; 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).

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:43 1

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6603; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Then they should fine other companies

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:44 4

4. troutsy (Posts: 279; 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."

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:30 3

5. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


That sounds like google.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 14:39

6. geekfreak (unregistered)


Its not just about the MONEY but also about their Reputation!!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 15:06

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3788; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Now if only US regulators can do the same.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:20 2

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1264; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 18:18 1

10. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:50

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!

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