„Google has apologised and agree to destroy the data.

In the US it has paid $7m (£4.4m) in US fines to settle a case involving 38 states.

As well as agreeing to delete all the harvested data, Google was also required to launch an employee training programme about privacy and data use which it must continue for at least 10 years.

The German privacy regulator, which exposed the issue in the first place, imposed fine of 145,000 euros ($192,500, £121,000) on the firm in April.

It described the debacle as „one of the biggest known data protection violations in history“.

By contrast, the UK privacy watchdog imposed no fine, but did order Google to destroy all the stored data.

Google is currently embroiled in another privacy dispute with European data protection watchdogs over its decision to create one privacy policy to cover all of its services.“

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-24047235