Google received its first ever fine for improperly gathering and storing data for its Street View application on Monday when it was penalized by France’s privacy watchdog.

The $141,300 (U.S.) penalty – the largest ever by French body CNIL – sanctions Google for collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks – including e-mails, web browsing histories and online banking details – from 2007 to 2010 through its roaming camera-mounted cars and bicycles.

The fine is the first against Google over the data-gathering, which more than 30 countries have complained about. At least two other European countries are considering fines, while some others have ruled against penalizing Google.

From The Globe and Mail