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Google Street View privacy woes, MS settles spying suit, and legislators warn Virginia`s IT chief.

Google Street View privacy woes

Google is being sued by a Swiss watchdog agency for allegedly failing to take adequate measures to protect privacy, reports SFGate.

The legal battle in Switzerland is another privacy issue with Google, illustrates the challenge of providing as much information as possible without violating privacy concerns.

Hanspeter Thuer, the Swiss federal data protection and information commissioner, made recommendations to Google to address concerns with Street View images displaying car licence plates and people`s faces with its street view image indexing.

MS settles spying suit

Microsoft has settled a lawsuit with a former employee that it once charged with fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract, states PC World.

Neither party has admitted to any wrongdoing and they will not reveal the details of the settlement, according to the former employee, Miki Mullor.

The deal closes an unusual case in which Microsoft said Mullor continued on as CEO of a company called Ancora while working at Microsoft. While Mullor was employed at Microsoft, Ancora accused several computer makers including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba of infringing on a patent. The PC makers asked Microsoft to defend them since the technology was provided by Microsoft.

Legislators warn Virginia`s IT chief

The state computer chief of Virginia has covertly reopened negotiations with Northrop Grumman which could potentially add millions to the states information-technology bill, says iStockAnalyst.

Legislators recently urged chief information officer George Coulter to put off negotiations with the company until the new governor, Bob McDonnell, takes office.

Lawmakers cited the state`s budget crisis and the upheaval surrounding the switch to a privately run IT system under a 10-year, $2.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman.

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