Google’s Street View project for its Google Maps service has been going on for quite some time now. While beneficial for those that want to know what their actual destination looks like in first-person-view, the service can be an invasion of privacy for citizens going about their normal day while being photographed. Well, the search engine giant is now being accused of spying on households after it admitted secretly copying passwords and emails from home computers.
Google confessed it had downloaded personal data during its Street View project in Britain, as its vehicle photographed virtually every street. The company admitted that entire emails, web pages and even passwords were “mistakenly collected” by the antennae on Street View cars.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said it would launch a new investigation, while Scotland Yard is already considering whether the company has broken the law.
Alan Eustace, a Google executive has issued an apology saying that the company was ‘mortified’, and said: ‘We’re acutely aware that we failed badly.’
– By: Omar Rana