Google got into some hot water when it was discovered its Street View cars are collecting Wi-Fi data (including things like email, passwords and more) and while there was no criminal prosecution, there’s a fine.
Almost the maximum too, for what Johannes Caspar, Hamburg data regulator, calls “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known”. Still, the fine is unlikely to affect Google’s bottom line, it’s only €145,000 ($189K). The maximum is €150K and Caspar is calling for this ceiling to be raised.
In 2011, Google got slapped with a €100,000 for a similar violation in France. The search giant is also dealing with antitrust concerns in the EU.