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.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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