Wi-Fi Data Captured By Google Street View Cars Included Passwords

A while ago, Google told us that its Street View cars accidentally collected some data from our Wi-Fi networks. To make everything better, the company handed the data over to the correct authorities for investigation. Those authorities discovered bad news.

This is what the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) had to say:

It's still too early to say what will happen as a result of this investigation. However, we can already state that [...] Google did indeed record email access passwords [and] extracts of the content of email messages.

There are other data protection authorities also sifting through everything while some lawyers continue to claim that there was nothing "accidental" about Google's collection of Wi-Fi data. Either way, this latest bit of news doesn't sound too great for Google. [InfoWorld]

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