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Google poised to pay $7m to settle probes into Street View

Craig Timberg (via WP Bloomberg and AFR) | March 11, 2013
Google is nearing a deal in which it would pay $US7 million to resolve investigations with more than 30 state attorneys general over its controversial Street View program, in which it captured data from private WiFi signals while taking street-level images throughout the world, said a person familiar with the looming agreement.

FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez, who is President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next chairman of the agency, told a conference of privacy professionals in Washington on Friday that technology will remain a priority for enforcement actions.

"No matter what we at the FTC do, no matter what other regulators do across the world, the reality is that technology is just developing at a pace that we can barely keep up with, and we do need to be conscious of this," she said.

In Europe, officials are in negotiations with Google over alleged antitrust violations stemming from its commanding position in the search business. Also, a coalition of national data protection commissioners has sharply criticised Google's decision to track users across many of its services and is threatening to levy fines.



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