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Google pays $1.73m fine in Italy over StreetView concerns

Published on Apr 4, 2014 6:04 AM
 
Google has paid a 1 million euro (S$1.73 million) fine imposed by Italy's data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognisable, the regulator said on April 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MILAN (REUTERS) - Google has paid a 1 million euro (S$1.73 million) fine imposed by Italy's data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognisable, the regulator said on Thursday.

"Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View roamed Italy's streets without being entirely recognisable as such, therefore not allowing the people present in those places to decide whether to be photographed or not," it said in a statement, referring to Google's base at Mountain View in California.

Google has faced numerous privacy lawsuits in the United States and Europe, relating to services including Street View, which gives a panoramic perspective on streets around the world.

"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," a Google spokeswoman said.

 
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