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Google Street View Car  (Source: Google)
Investigation centers on capture of Wi-Fi data

Google's Street View has raised the ire of the U.S. and foreign governments on more than a few occasions. The Street View service sends a fleet of cars out to drive down roads around the country and shoot images as a driver would see them.

Google has found itself in hot water in South Korea over the capture of data from Wi-Fi users by its Street View vehicles. South Korean law enforcement has stated that the data collection was related to the launch of Street View within South Korea.

A statement was released by the Korean National Police Agency stating,"[The police] have been investigating Google Korea LLC on suspicion of unauthorized collection and storage of data on unspecified Internet users from Wi-Fi networks."

South Korea isn’t the only place that Google has been met with legal proceedings over the collection of data by Street View vehicles. Reports first surfaced in Europe concerning the data capture issue – Google maintains that the collection of data by the fleet from unsecured wireless networks was an accident maintains.

Google has provided the copied data to European regulators for investigation.

Canadian authorities have also launched a probe into the capture of Wi-Fi data from unprotected networks within its borders. Google has also been hit with lawsuits in the U.S. that stem from collecting similar data in America.

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RE: Fail
By neogrin on 8/10/2010 12:07:06 PM , Rating: 2
I said for years google will not be a good thing. Why do you thing facebook connects with everything now.

What does Facebook have to do with Google?

(fyi: Google does not own Facebook )

RE: Fail
By p4ndiamond on 8/10/2010 12:11:34 PM , Rating: 1
Plenty, Google cached everyones facebook profile. They had to colaborate in order to do that. Even if you set to private they will still have those profiles because you get to set that option after the fact instead of beforehand

RE: Fail
By FaceMaster on 8/10/2010 6:09:26 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think they have malicious intentions. They have my full support when it comes to projects like these, and I can't help but pity Google when their efforts are hindered when people cry copyright on youtube, or when somebody cheating on their wife sues Google for having a picture of him having an affair on Streetview.

Google has brought the world forward in so many areas, it has the money to sustain youtube, one of the largest video archives in the WHOLE WORLD. It has Google Maps, it has streetview so that you can visit anywhere you like. The Google Search is fantastic, and you get all this FOR FREE.

The world would be a more boring and primitive place with out Google, my only regret is that there aren't more companies like them.

RE: Fail
By mindless1 on 8/10/2010 8:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Google stepped in to fill a need BUT it was inevitable that mankind develop these types of sites and services.

Similar situation to MS, we could credit them with the evolution of the PC, but without them it would have happened anyway.

The real question is are we better off for having companies like these that stifle innovation by reducing profit potential for young upstarts? I think not.

Google didn't bring the world forward, they made a dollar from giving the public what they demanded. If not for Google it would have been Yahoo or some other... people put work into what pays off in real dollars and cents.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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