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Google's Street View controversy

By CheeJun on 02 Nov 2010

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Google's Street View is a great way to find your way around a place which you have never been to before, but little did we know that they were stealing private information over private WiFi networks...

Google's Street View cars have been driving around roads all across the world capturing images of almost every single street but they had collected more than just navigational data. In fact, they had managed to grab information from private WiFi networks including emails and passwords. Though the information was 'fragmentary' Google say they wanted the data to 'improve its internal security and privacy practices'[Wall Street Journal]. But they now say that they will be deleting all information collected and that they are apologetic that the information was collected in the first place.

So wouldn't you be worried if you saw one of those vehicles travelling past your house and snapping away at your home and infiltrating into your WiFi networks as well? There has always been a privacy issue with Google Street View but I think its benefits have exceeded its costs. Despite all this controversy, at least Google was honest about their mistake and admitted readily to the authorities about it.

Thanks to their technology, travelling and navigating has become a lot easier..

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Darthrevan Nov 02 2010 06:08 PM
its a honest mistake, lets move on laugh.gif
Friendstar Nov 03 2010 12:10 AM
Someone must step down.

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