walkman - 8:56 am on May 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
System: The following 2 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/goog/4133115.htm [webmasterworld.com] by brett_tabke - 9:37 am on May 15, 2010 (cst -5)
I don't believe them a bit, now that the pressure is mounting they noticed the 'mistake'
Google described its collection of snippets from emails and web surfing done on public Wi-Fi networks as a mistake and said it has taken steps to avoid a recurrence.
About 600 gigabytes of data was taken off the Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Google said it plans to delete it all as soon as it gains clearance from government authorities.
None of the information had appeared in Google's search engine or other services, according to Mr Eustace, but Google's decision to hold on to the Wi-Fi data until it hears from regulators shows the company realises it could face legal repercussions.
Google said Friday that an audit showed that it was collecting Wi-Fi data, including sites consumers visited, from its Street View cars that compile data for Google Maps and other services.
In a blog post, Google said that the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked for the audit. Since the request, Google looked at all the data it was collecting. Google initially said that it collected public SSID data and MAC addresses but didnít grab information sent over a network. However, Google realized it was collecting payload data even though it never used it in a product.
P.S. I love Google, but love as much privacy as I can possibly keep.