The internet giant’s Street View cars, which were launched last year to take photographs for its Google Maps service, have mistakenly collected information sent over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
Information gathered by the cars’ antennae could include parts of an email, text or photograph or even the website someone may be viewing.
Why on Earth people still don’t password protect (and MAC address lock) their networks is beyond me. Still, this data is still private.
About 600 gigabytes of data was taken off Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries. Google said it plans to delete all the information as soon as it gains clearance from government authorities.
Clearance to delete something they shouldn’t have had in the first place? Dodgy as fuck.