29. mai 2010

Google in Catch-22 Over Wi-Fi Data and Privacy

Google admitted recently that it had been accidentally collecting data from open Wi-Fi networks that were passed by its Street View cars. Although the company originally said that no personally identifiable information had been accumulated in this manner, it later admitted that this was not true, and that some emails and other data might have been collected as well. It then pledged to destroy the data, but agreed to do so in a way that would allow governments and other groups to verify that it had done so properly.

Several countries — including Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Italy — are instead asking Google not to destroy the data collected from their countries, so that it can be used in potential court cases against the company (Street View has been a contentious program in Europe even before the recent privacy issues over wireless data).

Gigaom.com
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