Friday, August 10, 2012

(BN) Google Faces Norway Fine on Street View Data Collection

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. faces a fine from Norway's data-protection regulator of 250,000 kroner ($42,250) after unlawfully collecting and failing to delete personal data gathered through its Street View mapping service.

In a notice sent to Google this week, the agency said the company will get the fine, called a violation charge, for collecting data in Norway without people's consent. Google has four weeks to convince the regulator to reconsider.

Collecting the data "violated the privacy rights," it was processed without consent and wasn't deleted as the agency requested, the regulator said in the Aug. 7 notice to the operator of the world's largest Internet search engine.

"This is one of the biggest fines we have imposed," Bjorn Erik Thon, Norway's data-protection commissioner, said in a phone interview today. "We have to come up with a reaction when such a huge company like Google is behaving like this."

The Norwegian agency received a letter from Google, which had revenue of $12.2 billion for the second quarter, on July 27 making it aware of the undeleted data and asking the agency what it should do. The regulator told Google to delete it by Oct. 1.

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