A report issued by the Federal Communications Commission reveals that the Google engineer responsible for collecting private information via wireless networks from Street View cars repeatedly told his colleagues about the controversial nature of what was happening.
The Guardian reports that Google has posted a copy of the FCC's report online in the interests of transparency. It reveals that one of the engineers on the team responsible for the Street View software informed other colleagues—including a senior manager— that it was designed to collect personal information in 2007 and again in 2008.
Back in 2010, it became known that Google had collected masses of data—including emails and text messages—from WiFi networks when its Sreet View cars drove around cities. The practice went on for three years before coming to a halt. About the new report, a spokesman for Google told the Guardian: