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A Google maps Street View camera car travels on Spadina Avenue in Toronto, April 13, 2012. (Randall Moore/The Globe and Mail)

A Google maps Street View camera car travels on Spadina Avenue in Toronto, April 13, 2012.

(Randall Moore/The Globe and Mail)

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Privacy fine puts spotlight on Google's Street View practices Add to ...

This week, Google Inc. settled a sprawling privacy infringement case with authorities in 38 U.S. states, paying a record $7-million (U.S.) in the process. The case stems from data the company collected as part of its Street View service. While many people know the tool for its street-level images of various cities, the way Google collected some of the data has run afoul of privacy laws in many countries. That’s in large part because, while the company was hiring cars and cameras to photograph streets, its data-collection tools were also storing all manner of data from unsecured WiFi networks. The resulting cases have raised several questions about how Google runs one of its most popular services.

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