Google Street View admits to stealing more info -

Google Street View admits to stealing more info

Service took more of Internet users’ data than believed before


On Friday, Google wrote in a blog post that it was “mortified” upon learning out how much Internet users’ data its Street View service had taken. The company said the cars retrieved private data including e-mail addresses, URLs, and passwords from residential Wi-Fi networks. “We want to delete this data as soon as possible, and I would like to apologize again for the fact that we collected it in the first place,” wrote Alan Eustace, a senior vice president of engineering and research, in the blog post. Analysts say the admission will probably incur more fines and potential lawsuits for Google. Already, regulators in Canada, U.S. and many countries in Europe are undergoing investigations about privacy violations.

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Google Street View admits to stealing more info

  1. Is it really that hard to turn on encryption? Set up your email to connect with an encrypted connection? A wireless hotspot without encryption is broadcasting information for anyone to listen to. I fail to understand why systematically recording to what people are shouting is a crime.

  2. I fail to see what everybody thinks they are hiding. We Country folks know all about you! Google should come to our morning Tim Hortons. Encrypted connection? lol Al Qaeda would love that, if it worked. As for us, encrypt what? Al Capone could teach you all a lot.