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As WiFi Data Collection Revealed, New Investigation Begins

ONLINE PRIVACY

October 25, 2010

Google has revealed that the data its Street View cars collected from unsecured WiFi networks included passwords and e-mails, Forbes reports, and now faces being the first company to incur fines of up to £500,000 under the UK's privacy laws. While UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has announced he is launching a new investigation into Street View's collection of private data, the Garante, Italy's DPA, has announced it will now require the company to clearly mark its Street View cars and provide detailed information on their routes to enable citizens to "freely decide what to do and possibly prevent the 'capturing' of their images" by the mapping service.
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