Netherlands: Google Asked to Create Wi-Fi Data Opt-Out

Pulkit Chandna

The payload data that Google Street View cars harvested from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks has already been deleted in many of the affected countries. Netherlands is one such country where all such personal data was deleted after obtaining the necessary clearance from the country's data privacy watchdog the Dutch Data Protection Agency (DPA). But as it turns out the search engine giant has a lot more on its plate than first imagined. The DPA now has a problem with the way Google collects MAC addresses of Wi-Fi routers around the country.

It wants the company to provide users with a way to opt-out from the database. The failure to do so within three months will make Google liable for a fine not exceeding EUR1 million (approximately $1.45 million). The privacy watchdog argues that locational data and MAC addressees in Google's possession also constitute private information. But Google maintains that it can not identify people from such information.

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