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Germany's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, has announced that Germany plans to strengthen its privacy laws in response to public concerns over Google Street View.  The statement was made following a meeting with Google and other companies on Monday.  Mr de Maizière said the government would introduce the new privacy code at a government information-technology summit in December. Google and other interested parties have been asked by the government to submit suggestions for self-regulation between now and the summit.  "I expect the services to commit to strong privacy rules," said Mr. de Maizière.  Google's statement said, "Any future legislation must make sure that in addition to the requirements of data protection, the development of innovative business opportunities and modern technology are allowed to flourish." But added it was willing to "contribute constructive conversations" around the debate.  Germany is not the only country where Google Street View has run into political and legal … Continue Reading ››
Since 2007 Google has taken street view photos of cities all over the world. In connection with this street view photo documentation Google has also collected names of the wi-fi hotspots, MAC-Addresses from connected devices and, in particular, user data from unsecured hotspots. After Google revealed these facts in May 2010, the ICO demanded Google delete the data but the ICO has not announced further sanctions. On July the 29th 2010 the ICO released the following statement: “The ICO has visited Google’s premises to assess samples of the ‘pay-load’ data it inadvertently collected. Whilst Google considered it unlikely that it had collected anything other than fragments of content, we wanted to make our own judgement as to the likelihood that significant personal data had been retained and, if so, the extent of any intrusion. The information we saw does not include meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable … Continue Reading ››