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Google Maps Applications Stole Data But No Fine Coming

Google's popular Google Maps service is under fire.  While many appreciate the service because they can view actual images of areas they are traveling to, the Street View cars are said to have come across very sensitive personal data that if used, could leave the population at risk.  These Google Maps applications are available for use on all Google Android phones.  While some believe this security breach should be charged with hefty fines for unlawful acts, the Federal Trade Commission feels differently.  After Google admitted they did accidentally steal passwords, emails and personal information of Google Android unlocked cell phones users, the FTC chose to drop the matter and not to issue any exorbitant fines.

The stolen data Google came across has been investigated by the FTC.  Earlier in the week, Google did confirm that their Street View cars used to capture images for their popular Google Maps service did come across passwords and sensitive information.  This public breach of security was completely unintentional and after a serious investigation, the FTC did not find reason to fine Google for this unintentional and unlawful act.  Google has made promises to the FTC that all data that was inadvertently stolen will be destroyed and will not be used in any way.  Because Google has made written assurances, they will not use the sensitive data now or in the future; the FTC has closed the investigation.

With the commitments made to the FTC, Google is said to have dodged a bullet that could have significantly affected their earnings for 2010.  While the Street View car debacle was completely by accident, some consumers are still concerned their information may be at risk.  With the inquiry being closed, consumers can rest assured that all sensitive data obtained will be safe and they have nothing to worry about.

PureMobile carries a wide range of unlocked cell phones and Android phones such as the Unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Motorola Milestone Droid, LG EVE, etc.

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