Google: Surrendering data could violate privacy laws

05/27/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Google has declined to fully comply with requests from the German government to turn over data gathered from its Street View crews over residential wireless networks as it reviews the legal ramifications of doing so. Google also failed to meet a deadline set by a Hong Kong regulator to turn over data. Although the fines that could result from Google's refusals are limited, the political ramifications could be significant, according to this article. "Google's refusal to hand over the data will be seen as a declaration of war by European regulators," said Simon Davies of Privacy International.

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