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UK: Google Street View Data Snarfing Broke the Law

Search giant Google violated the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Act by gobbling up personal data, in addition to images and GPS data, with its roving Street View autos. 

According to a report by the BBC, the UK’s Information Commissioner ruled there was a “significant breach” of the country’s data privacy laws by Google, which will not face monetary penalties or punishment, but will have to allow its data protection practices to be audited by the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Google in Apology Mode After WiFi Data Grab

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the company “screwed up” when it
equipped its world-roving Street View cars with software code that spent
three years capturing personal data from open Wi-Fi networks.

“Let me just say: We screwed up,” Brin told a room full of reporters
this afternoon at the company’s annual developer conference in San
Francisco. “I’m not going to make excuses about this.” Read the full article. [The Register]

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