Google has faced criticism throughout the world for alleged privacy violations. In September the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] denied a motion [JURIST report] to dismiss a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating a federal wiretap law while collecting data for its Street View [corporate website] program. The case arose after Google acknowledged that its Street View vehicles had been collecting and storing data over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, including personal e-mails, usernames, passwords, videos and documents. In April Google agreed to a $7 million settlement [JURIST report] of another case for alleged improper data collection during its Street View campaign. That same month, six European countries commenced legal action [JURIST report] against the corporation challenging its privacy policies. Last year an Italian appeals court overturned an earlier conviction of three Google executives for violating the country’s privacy laws [JURIST report] by posting a video on Google of a handicapped child being bullied. Months earlier, a Switzerland court ruled in favor of Google [JURIST report] in a privacy suit involving its Street View service. Similarly, in March 2011 a Berlin court ruled [JURIST report] in favor of Google, holding that the controversial Street View service is legal in Germany.