Google Fined $190K For Wi-Fi Data Collection In Germany
Google is still taking heat and being fined over the Wi-Fi data collection fiasco that took place between 2008 and 2010.
This morning, Bloomberg reports that a German regulator has fined the company 145,000 euros ($189,230) over the debacle. From Bloomberg’s Karin Matussek:
Hamburg data regulator Johannes Caspar said in an e- mailed statement today. He had reopened the probe after prosecutors dropped a related criminal case last year.
“In my view, this is one of the biggest data protection rules violations known,” said Caspar. Google’s “internal control mechanisms must have severely failed.”
In 2011, France fined Google $142,000.
Last year, Google was fined $25,000 by the FCC for obstructing an investigation into its related practices, though the Commission ended up dropping the investigation.
Last month, Google settled with 38 states in the U.S. over the issue.