Google Street View WiFi Data Collection – Sparks UK Investigation

By Posted 22 Jun 2010, 20:12

Google Street View has come under investigation from UK police after apparently gathering data from open Wi-Fi access points around the UK.

The actions and practices by Google has earned themselves a crime reference number – 2318672/10 – which although not necessarily a crime, it still means that the search engine are under investigation after pressure group Privacy International alleged that Google carried out “criminal interception of wireless communications content” that constitutes as an offence under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Wireless Telegraphy Act.

Google still insist that they are innocent, and say that the capture of data was an accident due to code left in a production system that kept the content being broadcasted over Wi-Fi networks when the Street View car was driving past.

Several other countries besides the UK are also investigating Google into the same incident to see if they have broken any of their laws, and although Google have offered to delete the data it collected, the police have told them to keep it so they can carry on the investigation.

For more information on this matter you can read up about it on the Guardian website, but what are your views on Google collecting data? Do you believe they have broken any rules?

Source: Guardian