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Google Caught Spying, Lying, Again!

Posted by feww on November 8, 2013

Google’s Door-to-Door Spying Plagues Brazil

Google has committed “the biggest known data protection violations in history.” —Johannes Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, Germany.

Google’s Street View Program enables the company access to private Wi-Fi networks, intercepting personal data.

Street View Program is a KNOWN method for spying on the public. Given their record of mass deception, Google must be harvesting data via other means in addition to the NSA route.

Brazilian judges have given the U.S. Internet Goliath until Saturday to hand over private data collected through its Street View program, according to reports.

The decision by a court in Brasilia follows a complaint lodged by the Brazilian Institute of Computer Policy and Rights, said reports.

Google has photographed Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other major Brazilian cities.

Google is shaken but not stirred, so to speak, because the maximum fine for failure to comply with the court order is just $500,000.

Google has denied any link to the mass surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA), which is done on behalf of corporate America(!)

NSA targets for cyber-surveillance in Brazil included President Dilma Rousseff, and the state-run energy giant Petrobras, as well as tens of millions of ordinary Brazilians.

Whereas NSA is on record for admitting to large scale collection of metadata, Google’s surveillance programs include contents, physical addresses and just about every bit and byte of information transmitted through Wi-Fi and cable networks.

Google’s data collection programs run directly in at least 72 countries,  and indirectly in dozens of other countries through the NSA and others.

“Google and other leading tech companies have expressed opposition to the creation of Brazil-based databases of local customer information, as proposed by Brasilia in a bid to combat foreign spying,” said a report.

Google was fined $7.0m for collecting people’s personal data without permission in 38 US states, earlier this year,

As a part of its settlement, Google also agreed to destroy emails, passwords, and web histories collected by Street View cars between 2008 and 2010, however, there is no way to enforce or verify compliance. In fact all of the stolen data may have already been integrated and plugged into untraceable programs.

Germany also fined Google for illegally recording information.  Caspar, chief of data protection office in Hamburg, called the data theft “one of the biggest known data protection violations in history.”

In fact, Hamburg prosecutors had originally attempted to prosecute Google under criminal law, however they were forced to drop the case, prompting the data protection office to pursue it as an “administrative offense.”

Google has denied any link to the U.S. electronic mass surveillance[sic,] mainly conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). But, the NSA data collection has a commercial format; the U.S. government and its officials have no direct use whatever for the data other than to hand it over to the U.S. corporations in return for financial favors including lucrative post-retirement positions in the “private” sector.

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