Google admitted yesterday to state officials that they had indeed violated people’s privacy during their Street View mapping project by collecting data packets containing passwords, emails and other personal information.
The $7 million fine is part of a settlement in a case brought forward by 38 states that were involved in the project.
The new settlement also requires Google to develop a privacy program within six months and must also hold a yearly privacy week event for their employees and provide refresher courses for their lawyers who oversee new projects and train the employees who deal with privacy matters.
Consumer Watchdog, another privacy monitor however isn’t overly happy about the ruling, stating that “asking Google to educate consumers about privacy is like asking the fox to teach the chickens how to ensure the security of their coop.”
“Google puts innovation ahead of everything and resists asking permission,” said Scott Cleland, a consultant for Google’s competitors and a consumer watchdog.
George Jepsen, the Connecticut attorney general who led the states’ investigation said “This is the industry giant,” and “It is committing to change its corporate culture to encourage sensitivity to issues of personal data privacy.”
The company aren’t in anyway unfamiliar with matters such as this as they have had their privacy terms criticised by many over the years.