Google to give private Wi-Fi data to European regulators

The camera of a street-view car
Picture taken on March 2010 shows the camera of a street-view car, used to photograph whole streets. Google will begin handing over private data mistakenly gathered from wireless Internet connections to European regulations within the next two days, the Financial Times reported Friday.

Google will begin handing over private data mistakenly gathered from wireless Internet connections to European regulations within the next two days, the Financial Times reported Friday.

The news comes amid growing controversy over the Internet giant's admission that cars taking photos in more than 30 countries had inadvertently gathered fragments of sent over unsecured Wi-Fi systems.

would hand information initially to data protection authorities in Germany, where prosecutors have opened an investigation into the firm, and then in France and Spain, the FT reported.

It would also publish the results of an external audit into what happened, as well as the results of an internal review into all its privacy practices.

Google chief executive told the business daily he could not rule out the possibility that the data included bank account details.

"We screwed up. Let’s be very clear about that," Schmidt told the FT in an interview. "If you are honest about your mistakes it is the best defence for it not happening again."


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Jun 04, 2010
So Google is handing over my Wifi data to another country? F*&K dem

Jun 04, 2010
my lord, they must be so happy that they get wifi networks and locations for everyone in europe, and they get for free off someone else's back.

Jun 05, 2010
So Google is handing over my Wifi data to another country? F*&K dem


Stop making obvious political statements! This info being given to Europe is for European Wi-Fi data not American. And its not the 'dems' doing this its Google.

Jun 05, 2010
Can't they just delete it?

Jun 05, 2010
As if Europeans should feel any better about their private data being handed over to Big Brother in the name of "regulation".

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