May 25, 2010
The Australian communications minister has labelled internet search giant Google “creepy” and said that the company’s collection of wireless network data through its Street View service was the single biggest breach of privacy in history.
Earlier this month, Google announced it had discovered that the roving cars it uses to create its online mapping services were inadvertently gathering data on people’s website use over unsecured wireless networks.
Google apologised, but the admission caused alarm across the globe.
Germany’s consumer protection said that Google had acted “illegally” and failed to show respect for the privacy of its citizens. The UK Information Commissioner has asked Google to delete information gathered on British citizens as soon as possible.