Interesting article on whether Google through gathering data for it’s Google Maps Street View Cars was involved in significant breaches of data protection and privacy laws. After its 17 month investigation, it was concluded that Google did not engage in illegal wiretapping because the data (obtained through unencrypted wi fi routers) was flowing, unencrypted and over open radio waves. What do you think?
Google has ended a legal dispute with a French authors’ group over the US company’s scanning of books, reported in the Irish times today. It is reported that Google will financially support the SGDL (Society of Authors’) development of a database of book authors and right-owners to settle legal proceedings over the scanning of copyright-protected books for its digital library noted in a statement today.
A Paris court ruled in 2009 that Google’s book-scanning project violated some publishers’ and authors’ copyrights. Google has argued that the display of snippets of text is fair use under copyright law.