Google collected passwords, emails: France
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 18/06/2010 17:36
[AFP] France became the latest country to probe Google for gathering personal data as its Street View bikes and cars photographed cities across the world for the controversial mapping service.
The French data protection agency CNIL said it was examining private data collected for Street View, including emails and possibly banking details, to decide if the firm should face criminal charges or other sanctions.
French find e-mail passwords in Google Street View data
Google scooped up sensitive data such as passwords when putting together its Street View service, suggests an early look at the information.
The examination was carried out by French data protection agency CNIL as it decides whether to prosecute the search firm for gathering the data.
France probes Google over Street View [AFP]
France's data protection agency said on Thursday it is studying private data, including emails, collected by Google's "Street View", to decide if the firm should face criminal charges or other sanctions.
Passwords and extracts from emails are among the information currently being examined by the CNIL data protection agency, its chairman Alex Turk told reporters as he presented the agency's annual report.
France claims success in Google privacy breach [AP]
The French independent privacy watchdog CNIL said Thursday that following its complaint, Google had handed over copies of the emails, browsing history, banking details and other fragments of data sucked up by Google technicians cruising French streets photographing neighborhoods for the website's Street View mapping feature.
France joined a number of countries in attempting to hold Google to account over a privacy breach that saw the search engine giant gather and store data over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries.