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

Monday, April 30th, 2012
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 unaw

FCC Fines Google Over Street View Debacle

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Google is braced for new legal challenges as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fines the search engine giant for being too slow in cooperating with its investigation into Street View’s alleged unlawful collection of data. The FCC imposes Google a maximum $25,000 fine, adding that the Mountain View-based company has “deliberately impeded and delayed” the investigation for months. The inve

Google Street View Now Features Off-Road Images

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Google Street View, a feature on Google Maps that lets users view metropolitan areas in the United States and 27 other countries on a street level, now includes off-the-road locations like hiking trails, university campuses, historical landmarks, and national parks. To achieve this, Google makes use of an off-the-road vehicle such as a tricycle mounted with cameras (pictured) instead of the usual camera cars it ut

French Government Accuses Google of Collecting Private Data

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
The French data protection agency (CNIL) reported that Google scooped up sensitive data like passwords and e-mail address when putting together its Street View service, which leads them to contemplate whether to prosecute the search firm. The data was gathered as it logged WiFi hotspots in an effort to develop its location-based services. Google handed over copies of the data it gathered, after CNIL requested for