The French body responsible for data protection is preparing sanctions against Google in the case of information irregularly collected by StreetView cars – which have been giving so much talk recently.
The measures to be applied should be ready «at the end of September», said the president of the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties in France (CNIL).
Cited by the international press, Alex Türk confirmed that the organization had found that Google had irregularly collected and saved data that it should not have. According to him, the company will even have recorded «extracts from the contents of e-mails».
The official also informed that CNIL had obtained access to the data kept by the research giant and was currently analyzing its content.
Regardless of the conclusions that may result from the analysis, the organization knows for now that key words for Internet access and e-mail messages that may contain sensitive information and are protected by banking, medical and press secrecy have been collected – that CNIL is in charge of safeguarding.
The sanctions to be applied can range from a simple warning to a fine, or a complaint filed with the judicial authorities so that the case can be investigated and the subject of a ruling by the court.
Accidental data collection during the preparation of Google StreetView has generated a great deal of controversy and has led to actions by several countries, such as Germany, Australia, Spain or the United States, which recently opened an investigation into the case and are in contact with other EU states, the Daily News announces this week.