Google has issued an apology after complaints that its Street View cars had collected samples of British householders Wi-Fi browsing without their knowledge. The breach of privacy happened whilst the Street View cars were driving by open (i.e. insecure) wi-fi networks whilst taking pictures for Google’s Street View map service.
After initially trying to brush off accusations of foul play, Google has now admitted that it “failed badly” and that it was all a big mistake. According to Google’s Head of Engineering and Research, Alan Eustace, its Street View vehicles had been grounded and they are working on deleting the data as soon as possible, claiming Google had acted as soon it became aware there was a problem.
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