Google Admits Privacy Breach

    This June 28, 2012 photo shows a Google Street View vehicle as it collects imagery while driving down Interstate I-66 near Centreville, Virginia. This current vehicle has 15 lenses taking 360 degrees of photos. It also has motion sensors to track its position, a hard drive to store data, a small computer running the system, and lasers to capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery.  AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

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

    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.”

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