Google to Hand Over Intercepted Data

Friday Jun 4th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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CEO Eric Schmidt blames a rogue software engineer for the code that collected personal data from Wi-Fi networks.

Financial Times: According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the company will begin handing over to government agencies the personal data that its Street View cars mistakenly collected. The company will also publish an external audit investigating how the privacy violations occurred.

“We screwed up. Let’s be very clear about that,” Schmidt said. “If you are honest about your mistakes it is the best defense for it not happening again.”

Schmidt also said that the company is conducting an internal audit regarding the actions of the lone software engineer whose code resulted in the collection of the personal data.

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