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SCHMOOGLED Google Admits Privacy Breach Google Street View vehicle in Virginia in June 2012. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty)

Google Admits Privacy Breach

It’s a happy day for Bing. On Wednesday, Internet superpower Google agreed to settle in the Street View mapping case, admitting that the project had “violated people’s privacy.” The case against the search-engine giant was brought by 38 states who claim that their secret collection of personal data from users’ private computers was unethical. Google’s settlement includes a meager $7 million fine and an oath to “police its own employees on privacy issues” through a privacy program that must be created within six months. Richard Blumenthal, one of the attorneys who helped launch the case, said the biggest win is Google admitting that they “weren't just taking pictures.”

March 13, 2013 6:35 AM