zett - 1:58 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google Admits Street View Logged MAC Addresses and Payload Data
...and now they admitted that they also scanned houses using laser scanners. Their justification is to enable the display of virtual 3D maps, and of course they do claim that they did not need a licence for this.
Here is an article from German broadcaster ARD (similar to the BBC), obviously in German only: