Tag Archives: Street View

Google Contacts ICO Stating That It Still Holds Some Street View Payload Data

In a surprise turn of events, Google has written today to the UK data protection authority (the “ICO”) and other regulators around the world stating that it still possesses some of the payload data collected by its Street View vehicles in 2010.  This follows the ICO re-opening its probe into Google’s Street View activity last … Continue Reading

Key Holdings in Google Street View Litigation: WiFi Not “Readily Accessible to the General Public” and ECPA Preempts State Wiretap Laws

The Northern District of California issued two key rulings last week in denying in part a motion to dismiss in In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation, a consolidated action arising out of Google’s acknowledged interception of “payload data,” including emails, usernames, password, and other private data, from unencrypted home wireless networks using … Continue Reading

Swiss Privacy Law Halts Google’s StreetView — But Is Unlikely To Affect Photojournalism

The recent decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal (EDÖB v Google, Trib. Admin. Fed.) against Google Street View has raised new and important questions for many industries, not least for other enterprises that use photography of individuals in countries subject to data protection laws based on the EU model. In the Google case, the Swiss … Continue Reading

Google Moves to Dismiss “Spy-Fi” Complaint

Google has moved to dismiss a conslidated class action complaint alleging that it violated the federal Wiretap Act, among other laws, by allowing its Street View cars to collect the contents of communications transmitted over unsecured WiFi networks.  The motion was filed in the Northern District of California, where more than a dozen suits arising out of the Street View activity were consolidated for … Continue Reading
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