Report: Google Staff “Knew” About Street View Collecting Private Data

April 30th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

The US Federal Communications Commission has concluded its investigation about Google Street View and how its camera-equipped car collected private data from unsecured WiFi networks it passed through.

The report, which was released by Google, shows that the engineer who wrote the WiFi-snooping program told at least two other colleagues about it. Meanwhile, the senior staff members of the Street View team were unaware of the plans.

The FCC did not reveal the identity of the engineer, only referring to him as “Engineer Doe.” The data gathered from the program, which took place between 2008 and 2010, included contents of some emails and web browsing history.

“Engineer Doe specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data,” the agency said in its investigation. “Engineer Doe intended to collect, store and review payload data for possible use in other Google projects.”

Google was fined $25,000 earlier this month slowing down FCC’s investigation. Ultimately, the search engine giant was ruled to not have broken the law.

Source: BBC News


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