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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TECH NEWS: Google’s Street View in new privacy scandal: Report!


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DPA / The Hindu / SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2011.

It has previously been alleged that Google’s Street View cars were collecting personal data from unsecured wi-fi networks.
It has previously been alleged that Google’s Street View cars were collecting personal data from unsecured wi-fi networks - AP.

Google collected the unique identifying addresses of computers and mobile phones that used wi—fi networks whose data was logged by the company’s Street View vehicles, technology website CNet.com reported Monday.

The report represents a further privacy problem for the US—based web search giant, after a government audit last year in Germany revealed that Google’s Street View cars were collecting personal data from unsecured wi—fi networks, including email addresses and phone numbers.

Google said that the information had been accidentally collected and claimed to have initiated strict protocols to prevent a recurrence.

CNet said that the new privacy lapse highlighted another loophole in Google’s system.

Street View cars were meant to collect the locations of wi—fi access points, a widely used method to help smartphones figure out their location in the absence of strong cell—phone or GPS signals.


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