Italy: Google has paid a €1 million ($1.5 million) fine imposed by Italy's data protection watchdog over complaints that cars it used to record images on Italian streets in 2010 were not clearly recognisable.
Google has faced numerous privacy lawsuits in the US and Europe, relating to services including Street View, which gives a panoramic perspective on streets around the world. The fine relates only to vehicles not being labelled clearly enough. The watchdog has also reported to Italy's judicial authorities that Google accidentally captured fragments of electronic communications as part of its mapping research in the country.
Google was also fined €145,000 last year by a privacy regulator in Germany for inadvertently intercepting emails, user names, passwords and other data from Wi-Fi networks while taking photographs for Street View and decided not to contest the fine.
Source: Financial Review