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Google smacked with yet another fine for illegal private data collection

Google Fine Private Data

Google has been fined yet again for illegally collecting people’s private data. This time around, the fine comes from South Korean regulatory body Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and it relates again to Google’s supposedly inadvertent collection of passwords, network addresses, credit card numbers and more while setting up Street View. “The latest penalty is the first of its kind imposed on a global company that violated the private information protection laws,” KCC head Lee Kyung-jae told The Korea Herald. Google has received a number of fines in countries around the world as a result of its Street View snafu, though each has been minuscule by Google standards. South Korea’s fine certainly fits that description as well, amounting to just $194,000 at today’s exchange rate.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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