LUXEMBOURG — Google Inc. faces a fine from Norway’s data-protection regulator of $42,260 after unlawfully collecting and failing to delete personal data gathered through its Street View mapping service.
In a notice sent to Google last week, the agency said the company will be subject to the fine for collecting data in Norway without people’s consent. Google has four weeks to convince the regulator to reconsider.
Collecting the data “violated the privacy rights,” it was processed without consent, and wasn’t deleted as the agency requested, the regulator said.
The Norwegian agency received a letter from Google on July 27 alerting it to the undeleted data and asking the agency what it should do. The regulator said Google has to delete it by Oct. 1.
Google sent a similar letter to the British Information Commissioner’s Office, saying it still had some data collected via Street View that should have been deleted in December 2010. The British agency asked Google to provide the data “immediately” for analysis and a French regulator made a similar request on July 31.
Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, said Friday that the company apologized for the Norwegian matter.