Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Brazil demands explanation over alleged Google Street View spying

Published time: November 08, 2013 07:23
Edited time: December 16, 2013 11:02
Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

Brazil has called for an explanation from internet giant Google over allegations it gathered data on Brazilians through Street View. Following reports of the program being used to spy on EU citizens, Brazil has demanded data on its activities.

The Brazilian authorities have given Google until Saturday to divulge data on its activities in Brazil or face fines of US$43,000 a day, up to a maximum of $450,000.

Google Street View allows web users to zoom into Google Maps and look at locations on street level. In order to build the Street View images, Google sent cars equipped with cameras to take 360-degree photos of streets and roads around the world. Currently around 3,000 cities in about 39 countries can be viewed on Street Maps.

The Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights opened an investigation into Google’s Street View program in June of this year. They believe that “the company collected the secret and personal data of Brazilians using open Wi-Fi networks as it has already done in almost 30 countries where there have been similar allegations.”

“The American company has already been condemned abroad for intercepting the electronic communications, emails, passwords, photos and personal data of people residing in the cities where [Google’s] vehicles were stationed,” said the institute in a statement.

Google denies the claims that it collected data in Brazil and released a statement, alleging that the equipment used for data gathering was removed from the company’s vehicles in May 2010. Moreover, Google maintains that any information that did happen to be recorded ‘unintentionally’ is now ‘inaccessible’.

“Google respects personal privacy. All of the issues related to the collection of data in the Street View project were addressed in 2010,” said Google in a statement.

Several of Brazil’s main cities are now visible on Google Street View, including Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

‘One of the biggest data protection violations in history’

Earlier this year Google Street View came under fire in Germany and the company was forced to pay a fine of 145,000 euros ($195,000) for the illegal collection of data. German data chief Johannes Caspar described the company’s activities as “one of the biggest known data protection violations in history.”

"Among the information gathered in the drive-bys were significant amounts of personal data of varying quality. For example, emails, passwords, photos and chat protocols were collected," said a statement from the German authorities.

Google said the violations were not intentional and were down to the actions of an individual and had nothing to do with company policy. The information that the internet giant collated has since been deleted, Germany’s data regulators have assured.

Google has also agreed to pay a fine of $7 million for illegally gathering data through Street View in the US. A court settlement obliged Google to delete emails, passwords, and web histories collected by Street View cars between 2008 and 2010.

Comments (5)

 

Md.Hasib Marjan 17.01.2014 04:00

Also Google has developed their business photo system. For that a new way of trend your business among all the customer as well as new customer.

 

Mark Baylor 09.11.2013 15:59

Henk 08.11.2013 08:52

What is a few 100,000 dollar bills for a multi-hundred billion company anyway?

  


It's the "appearance&quo t; of something being done about it...

 

Marcus Jones 08.11.2013 23:58

Google owns you. Period. But they don't own me because I use DuckDuckGo, Ravetree, HushMail, and Dolphin browser. It feels great to be intelligent and free.

View all comments (5)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us

Follow us