Posted on March 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM
CASE CLOSED: Google has agreed to pay a $7 million fine to resolve a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader’s interception of emails, passwords and other sensitive personal information that had been sent through unsecured wireless networks from early 2008 through the spring of 2010.
SNOOPY SOFTWARE: The data collection occurred through a program that a Google Inc. engineer rigged on company cars dispatched to take street-level photos of neighborhoods throughout the world. The agreement announced Tuesday will require Google to destroy the data.
DOING THE MATH: The fine works out to roughly the same amount of revenue that Google makes per hour.