Google to pay $7 million for privacy violation
Google on Tuesday agreed to pay a group of states $7 million to settle complaints that its Street View cars violated people’s privacy.
The settlement with 37 states comes nearly three years after the company admitted to collecting information like passwords and e-mails from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks its cars were passing by. The Internet search giant that it will take steps to make sure the company does not tap into networks again in the future. As part of the settlement, Google has also agreed to destroy the personal data it collected. Source: CNN
This was a report on CNN telling us what we already knew but never said it out in the open hoping its false. Ironically, its true. Google has been fishing data and storing it.
Its not surprising that Google has been doing these kind of violations. Google admitted this only when it was probed. Its worth saying that Google could be storing even more illegal data that should not be stored. Google has all the sources for doing this, like web searches, You Tube, Picasa albums, android phones, chrome browser, you name it, Google is everywhere.
Our lives are dependant on Google and Google is dependant on us using its services to give it precious data it can use to earn money. Why are we so dependant on Google? Can we move on from Google? (I don’t have an answer yet)
Google is not the only entity in question, it can be Facebook, Microsoft and all other popular web companies could be doing this privacy violations as you read this!!!
All we can do is limit the information we share with the web in whatever manner possible. Share your thoughts
- Google to pay $7 million for privacy violation (money.cnn.com)
- Google hit by $7m Street View fine (bbc.co.uk)