Google has lost its appeal in the big Street View privacy case stemming from when it collected personal data from people as its Street View cars drove around from 2008 to 2010.
No word from the company on its Public Policy blog, which is where it usually addresses legal matters, but Reuters does share the following statement from the company:
“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps.”
Google was accused of violating federal wiretap law even though the company claims the whole thing happened by accident.
Earlier this year, Google settled with 38 states, paying out $7 million and agreeing to engage in a “comprehensive employee education program about the privacy or confidentiality of user data,” as well as to sponsor a nationwide public service campaign to help educate consumers about securing wireless networks and protecting personal info.
Google also agreed to secure and destroy the data it collected.
In April, Google was fined $190K for wi-fi data collection in Germany.