Google Street View: Still Breaking Privacy Laws

Google has been accused of what has been called a “serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights,” when the search supremo unwittingly gathered personal information via it’s Street View mapping vehicles sometime in the month of May.

Although their actions have been deemed “worrying” by leading privacy groups, the decision was taken against continuing with legal proceedings. Josh at Guardian.co.uk reported that, Canadian privacy commissioner “Jennifer Stoddart” has commented on the recent state of affairs by saying “Google has committed a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights, when it accidentally intercepted and stored data including emails and, separately, names of people suffering from certain medical conditions.”

Following on from this, Stoddart went on to voice her opinion by saying, “Google should tighten up its privacy policy before 1 February, or face further action. Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information, and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails, e-mail addresses, user names and passwords.”

Privacy groups have said of their disappointment of a decision made to not take further action. As well as being slated from the Australian privacy commissioner, Google are now having to defend themselves in other countries such as Spain and South Korea. What we do know from reports, is that Google are collaborating in answering any questions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

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