Officials To Investigate Google Data Collection
ONLINE PRIVACYMay 21, 2010
Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has launched an investigation into Google's admission that it "mistakenly" collected personal data when taking photographs for its Street View mapping service, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. "At this point in our investigation, it appears that the extent of personal information collected by Google in Australia, if any, is very limited," Curtis said. "Nevertheless we regard such collection as a likely breach of the Privacy Act." Officials and advocacy groups across the globe--including Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Roderick B. Woo and the government of Macao--are calling for investigations into Google's practices. Sergey Brin, the company's co-founder, has said Google "screwed up" by collecting the data, while CEO Eric Schmidt said that although privacy mistakes were made, it is a case of "No harm, no foul."