Germany is fining Google €145,000 (nearly $190,000) for “one of the biggest data protection rules violations,” as it was named by the prosecutors.The fine comes as a consequence to Google’s Street View cars illegally collecting data from open Wi-Fi networks between 2008 and 2010, writes The Verge.
Criminal proceedings against the American company were dropped last fall, but data protection regulators took over the case in the hope of getting some cash out of the Internet giant.
In its defense, Google claims that the Street View team was unaware of the collection of data.
However, the fine might seem like a lot of money to anyone with a 9 to 5 job, but it’s not going to cause Google any trouble.
Only in the first three months of the year, the company earned revenues of $14.4 billion (€11 billion) and a net income of $3.9 billion (under €3 billion).