Bobbies probing alleged Google privacy breach


LONDON: Britain has become the latest country to open an investigation into whether Google violated communication and privacy laws by mistakenly gathering data over public WiFi networks.

London’s Metropolitan Police said it is looking into complaints that the search engine picked up people’s online activities through unprotected home and business networks while photographing neighbourhoods for its “Street View” mapping feature.

“The matter is now under consideration. It is yet to be determined what, if any, offences may have allegedly occurred,” the police said in a statement.

This is the latest in a string of controversies about Google’s access to private data including e-mail addresses, passwords, bank account information and web browsing histories.

Last month, Google acknowledged it had mistakenly collected data from public WiFi networks in more than 30 countries. — AP

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