Google was hit with its first ever fine for improperly gathering and storing data for its Street View application today by France's privacy watchdog.
The £87,500 penalty - the largest ever by French body CNIL - penalises Google for collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks, including emails, web browsing histories and online banking details.
The fine - which covers 2007 to 2010 for the Street View service's roaming camera-mounted cars and bicycles - is the first for Google over the data-gathering.
More than 30 countries have complained about it and at least two other European nations are considering fines.
Google Inc has apologised and said it will delete the data. More...