UK investigation found Google in breach of data protection law

On November 3, 2010, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that Google UK violated the country's Data Protection Act by collecting personal information from unsecured wireless networks using Google Street View data-collecting cars. The ICO required Google to implement company policies to protect against data privacy concerns, and warned that the company would be subject to monetary penalties if it did not comply. The governments of Canada, South Korea and Australia also found Google in breach of their respective data privacy laws in 2010. In the US, the Federal Trade Comission (FTC) also investigated alleged privacy violations by Google in November 2010 and class-action lawsuits were filed June 2011.

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