A German privacy regulator has fined Google Inc. €145,000 (around $189,000) for violating the country’s data protection laws. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information imposed the fine based on Google’s illegal collection and storage of Hamburg Internet users’ unencrypted Wi-Fi data during its Street View mapping project. Between 2008 and 2010, the company used special equipment mounted on vehicles to map Germany’s roads and streets. At the same time, the equipment collected and stored Wi-Fi location and content data it picked up from unsecured Wi-Fi networks without the owners’ knowledge. The data Google acquired included emails, passwords, photographs, and chat logs of Hamburg Internet connection holders.