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Seven years on, Spain rattles tin cup at Google over Street View slurp

Seven years after Google raised hackles by collecting information about Wi-Fi access points with its Street View fleet, Spain's privacy regulator has fined the company €300,000. The country's data protection agency, La Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), announced the fine on November 7th, 2017. The privacy row …
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Google boffins beat own Captchas

A group of Google scientists working on extracting numbers from StreetView images has discovered that their technology can also match humans at solving captchas. The aim, according to their research paper (at Arxiv, here), was to automatically extract accurate street number data from StreetView images so as to improve Google …

Hand over the goodies, Brazil tells Chocolate Factory

Google has until the end of this week to hand over information collected by its StreetView vehicles in Brazil. In a judgement published Thursday November 7, a federal district court judge has agreed with the country's IBDI (Institute of Computer Policy and Rights) that the Chocolate Factory should hand the court private data …
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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

Google has escaped a fine from the UK Information Commissioner's Office, after the watchdog concluded its investigation into the company's controversial Street View cars that slurped payload data from unencrypted wireless networks. The ICO has ordered Google to destroy all Wi-Fi payload data that its vehicles collected. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2013
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StreetView spots possible roadside nookie down under

NSFWish Google's privacy-invading StreetView machines may have captured their most embarassing moment yet, after images of what looks an awful lot like a couple indulging in some horizontal folk dancing on the hood of a car emerged on Reddit. The photograph was taken here, on the Dukes Highway in the Australian State of South …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013
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Oz states count cars using Bluetooth

The government of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has issued a statement about the use of Bluetooth-sniffing technology for traffic studies. The issue arose as the result of grassroots activism from Canberra-centric news service The-RiotACT, which has its take on events here. RiotACT considers the Bluetooth collection to …
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Google swims with the fishes

Perhaps inspired by the tourists who followed their Satnav and drove into the sea, Google has lugged cameras beneath the waves and added the results to the StreetView service. Google Ocean, as the new service is called, allows users to swim with the fishes. And turtles. And the occasional manta ray, for good measure. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2012
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World+dog discovers hi-res aerial maps, thanks to Google and Apple

While I’m happy to join in the general outrage about intrusions on our privacy, the metaphorical 72-point front-page headlines about Google and Apple display a deep ignorance about the existing, common, mundane uses of aerial imaging. When people add the words “military”, “grade”, “spy” and “imaging” into a story also …
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ICO could smack Google Street View with fine after all

In one of my blogs on Google Street View, I wrote that the Information Commissioner (ICO) could not serve a Monetary Penalty Notice (MPN) on Google when its software captured some personal data from household Wi-Fi systems. This assessment was based on the fact that Google published statements to the effect that only an …
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Privacy Commissioner unhooks Google again

Google is once again to be spared the nightmare horror of being savaged by Australia’s privacy watchdog its StreetView data slurp. News had speculated at News that a new probe “loomed” following the US FCC’s report into the sorry saga, which found that the Chocolate Factory knew what was going on for three years. The story …
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StreetView disappears Dutch office tower

It’s one of those wonderful discrepancies that happens when a site has to wait a year or so between visits from the Google StreetView photo-harvesters. An office tower in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, plays “now you see it, now you don’t” on StreetView, depending on your viewing location. At a distance, the Irdeto tower looks …
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Google beams disaster tourists into tsunami aftermath

Google spy cars have been out snapping the wreckage from the Japanese tsunami, so everyone can see the damage a big wave can do and how long reconstruction is taking. The dating of images isn't limited to those taken in Japan: every picture in Street View worldwide now has a month and year attached - finally ending the game of …
Bill Ray, 13 Dec 2011
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Google indoor Streetview images go live

Google's cameras on sticks will be peering inside buildings starting from now as they start to incorporate the inside of shops and commercial properties onto Google Streetview. Business Photos by Google are accepting applications from shops and businesses from today. Restaurants, gyms and shops from around the world can apply …
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011
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StreetView gets the willies in Victoria

In the great tradition of pranking Google’s photographers, someone has penned a phallus on a Google StreetView camera-van in Australia. It pops up in the appropriately-named town of Long Gully, near Bendigo in Victoria, and continues through Maiden Gully (no, really). The graffito was apparently first noticed by BuzzFeed. …
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Bangalore orders Street View spy cars to stop it

Bangalore police have asked Google to ground their fleet of Street View cars which had started taking pictures of the city. The search giant received a letter from police even though it claims to have contacted local authorities before setting the fleet in motion. A Google spokesdroid told the Times of India: "We can confirm …
John Oates, 21 Jun 2011
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Schmidt explains the Google way to self-erasure

Google bent over backwards yesterday to show that it has learned its lessons and is really finally taking individuals' concerns over privacy seriously. Honestly. And while there were some tangible commitments, they were unlikely to satisfy the regiment of privacy activists, academics and bloggers the ads colossus had arranged …
Joe Fay, 19 May 2011
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Police, Google and Facebook warned on data protection

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said citizens have the right to proper data protection, and the "right to be forgotten", and deserve national regulators which will enforce the rules. Legislation will be published in the summer to ensure that all Europeans' personal information is properly protected. Reding told …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2011
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Google Street View whacked by German prosecutors, Czech data watchdog

Google came under increased fire in Europe yesterday, after German prosecutors and the Czech data protection agency launched separate investigations into the company’s interception of private Wi-Fi data. Last week Google contradicted previous assurances it had made about its world-roving Street View cars by admitting the ad …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2010

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