Google Wi-Fi Data Collection Angers European Officials

Monday May 17th 2010 by Staff

Google's Street View cars have been collecting personal information from Wi-Fi networks and may have violated German law.

PCWorld: As Google's Street View cars roam the streets collecting images and GPS data, they've also been "accidentally" collecting 600GB worth of data, some of it personal, off Wi-Fi networks. Google has apologized and promised to stop collecting Wi-Fi data, but that's not enough to appease German officials.

"Based on the information we have before us, it appears that Google has illegally tapped into private networks in violation of German law. This is alarming and further evidence that privacy law is a foreign concept to Google," said Ilse Aigner, the German minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection.

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