Unique Identifying Information Collected, Searchable
PERSONAL PRIVACYJuly 27, 2011
ZDNet reports that the French data protection authority, the CNIL, has confirmed that "street addresses and unique identifying information for millions of laptops, media players and other wireless devices" were collected during Google's Street View project. Until recently, the collected data could be accessed by individuals who used a specific online search, the report states. In May, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company would improve its privacy practices and consult specialists before launching new products.