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UK Reopens Google Street View Investigation

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Msg#: 4464832 posted 10:42 am on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

UK Reopens Google Street View Investigation [bbc.co.uk]
Google is back under investigation after gathering personal data while cameras on its cars took pictures for its UK Street View service.

The Information Commissioner's Office previously dropped a probe into the affair after being told limited data had been "mistakenly collected".

However, it said it had since become aware of reports that a Google engineer had deliberately written software to obtain a wider range of material.



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Msg#: 4464832 posted 6:17 am on Jun 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

>> gathering personal data

<sarcasm>Google would never collect personal data without permission!</sarcasm>

>> limited data had been "mistakenly collected"

I'm pretty sure we all know this isn't "true".

In all seriousness, this is a very serious topic. In the end, Google Streetview was withdrawn in Germany because what they were doing was illegal. I'm very surprised we haven't heard anything more about this.

I'm happy the UK has reopened the investigation because what the Mountain View corporation did in the UK, and to be frank is still doing, is also certainly against British law. Most individuals go to prison for a very long time for fraud/theft.

What idiot programmer writes a program to mistakenly collect data? I've been programming stuff since I was a toddler and to have "mistakenly collect data" is a fib.

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