France commission fined Google for violating data privacy laws

On March 21, 2011, the French national Commission of Information Technology and Liberty (CNIL) fined Google for violations of French data privacy laws. The issues arose from the allegedly mistaken collection of personal data over unsecured networks by Google through their Street View cars, which were used as part of the company's mapping services. Other countries have been involved in investigations regarding Google and privacy issues, including Canada, Australia and the UK. The US also made an inquiry into Google's practices in October 2010, but ultimately concluded that the company did not violate US privacy laws.

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