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Google Hit With $194,000. Privacy Fine in Germany

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    A German data protection agency fined Google Inc. 145,000 euros ($194,000) for illegally recording information from unsecured wireless networks ? an amount it acknowledged is "totally inadequate" as a deterrent to the multinational giant.

    Hamburg's state data protection agency said Monday that Google admitted collecting data including emails, passwords, photos and chat protocols from 2008-2010 as it prepared to launch its Street View service. Google says it never intended to store personal data and the agency says it has been deleted.

    Agency head Johannes Caspar says "company internal control mechanisms failed seriously" at Google but the maximum fine possible was 150,000 euros which was "unlikely...to have a deterring effect." Google earned $3.3 billion in the first quarter.

    Caspar urged dramatic increases to possible maximum fines under future European regulations.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/04/22/technology-google-fine-germany.html
     
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    What a shockingly low amount to be fined, hopefully these fines will be increased.
     
  3. Bonaparte

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    Google is laughing at the fine, it doesn't even tickle them.
     
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    Hahaha I bet they're having a laugh at Google.
     
  5. steelballs

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    The Germans had the opportunity to hit G where it hurts and they bottled it...
     
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    Google earned $3.3 billion in the first quarter! So, 194, 000 out of 3,300,000,000 :google2:
     
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    they probably paid that out of petty cash:)
     
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    Google will think twice before collecting data illegally.

    And then do it anyways because the punishment is laughable.
     
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