Google Inc (GOOGL) pays $1.4M due to Street View issues in Italy

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has paid a 1 million euro ($1.4 million) fine that has been imposed by a data protection organization in Italy. There were complaints that cars it used for recording images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognizable.

“Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View roamed Italy’s streets without being entirely recognizable as such, therefore not allowing the people present in those places to decide whether to be photographed or not,” said the privacy organization.

Google has been dealing with several privacy lawsuits in the U.S. and Europe related to Street View. The fine was announced on Thursday and it only relates to vehicles not being labeled clearly enough. In September 2013, a U.S. federal appeals court rejected Google’s bid to have a lawsuit dismissed that accused the search giant of violating a federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected personal data.

“The fine from the DPA relates to an old case that dates back to 2010. We complied with everything the (regulator) required of us at the time,” added a Google spokeswoman.

Last year, Google was fined 145,000 euros by a privacy regulator in Germany for accidentally intercepting e-mails, user names, passwords and data from Wi-Fi networks while collecting Street View photos.

[Source: Reuters]