Thursday, November 04, 2010

punishment: a slap on the wrist!

The U.K.'s information commissioner announced Wednesday that Google broke the law when it collected reams of personal information -- like e-mails and passwords -- from people's unsecured Wi-Fi networks while snapping pictures for its Street View mapping system.

However, the web giant, which made a profit of $4.5 billion last year, won't be facing any fines for its breach.

Instead, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has asked the company to delete the data, issue an apology and promise never to do it again, as well as be subject to an audit.