London Guardian 
Monday, April 30, 2012
The Google engineer behind the collection of wireless data by Street View cars told at least two colleagues – including a senior manager – about the controversial plans before it was released, a US regulator has found.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report that the Google engineer told colleagues in 2007 that his Street View programme could collect private information including emails and text messages.
In a report published by Google on Sunday , the FCC said that five engineers were involved in implementing the Street View code but did not realise it could collect so-called payload data.
The engineer specifically told two colleagues, including a senior manager, that it was designed to collect this information in 2007 and again in 2008.