Cars Grounded, Probes Underway
ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAJune 4, 2010
Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis says that because Google Australia has pledged to ground its Street View cars, she will not implement a ban, The Australian reports. The commissioner is investigating Google following last month's revelation that vehicles used to collect photography for the company's Street View mapping feature were also collecting personal data from unsecured WiFi networks. Data protection regulators worldwide have undertaken probes and authorities in Germany, France and Spain have asked the company to hand over hard drives containing the data collected. The company said it would respond to some of the concerns raised this week.