Google contravened privacy laws when it inadvertently collected personal information from unsecured wireless networks as it mapped Canadian streets, Canada's privacy czar announced Tuesday.An investigation found the breach was the result of an engineer's "careless error" as well as a lack of company controls to ensure it adhered to privacy laws, commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said.Stoddart said it was likely that thousands of Canadians had been affected and urged Google to delete the data it had collected.
The Google engineer who wrote the code enabling Street View cars to capture data from unprotected wireless networks told fellow engineers and a manager that he had done so, the FCC report says.SAN FRANCISCO — New revelations in a full report detailing the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into Google's Street View service are raising questions about whether the search giant escaped scrutiny for capturing personal information from millions of unknowing households across the nation.
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European regulators are reviewing Google's actions for its Street View service in the wake of an FCC report that stated a Google engineer had told others the software used would gather personal data.SAN FRANCISCO — There may be more trouble for Google Inc.