European Data Protection Digest

Schaar "Appalled" that Cars Have Logged Mac Addresses

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

April 23, 2010

German Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar is calling on Google to delete unlawfully collected personal data and to "stop the rides for Street View." Schaar made the demands after learning that Google's camera-equipped cars, which have been cruising the country in search of photographs for its Street View feature, have been scanning privacy WLAN networks and recording users' unique Media Access Control addresses, The Register reports. Schaar says he is "horrified" by the discovery. Google's potential ability to cross-reference the WLAN information with other data it has collected "raises additional concerns," according to the report. (Related article in German.)
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