Google Admits it’s Street View Cars Violated People’s Privacy

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Google’s Street View cars are collecting “a bit” more information from the streets than pictures.
A long private investigation involving the Street View cars revealed that between 2008 and 2010 they collected much more information while cruising on the streets. The onboard instruments of Google’s cars absorbed passwords, e-mails, medical and financial records and other private information available through home or office wireless networks.

Google claims that the incident was caused by a software glitch, that made the cars accidentally collect private data.

The company was fined with $7,000,000, to be paid to 38 states and the District of Colombia. Also, Google has to instruct it’s employees about user privacy and make a nationwide campaign to inform end users about what protection measures they should take against wireless network data stealing.

Story via New York Times
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