May 28

Google has been badgered badly on privacy issues emanating from supposedly an oversight in programming as regards their Street View application. Google had been making use of Street View cars to snap up photos of various places around the globe to be used in their programs such as Google maps. Unknown to Google, the program written four years ago also obtained personal data of various unsecured wifi areas as their vehicles roam the various cities. The information that was collected included some of the websites visited, unsecured emails, and other files.

A couple of court cases have been filed in the US vs., Google for this misdemeanor stating a violation of various Privacy laws. Other European countries have different ways in attacking this. The UK government is asking Google to remove all the personal data they have gathered via the Street View application. The German government is pondering on taking legal action against Google once they have determined the degree of infringement to privacy. Google was supposed to hand in their hard drive of collected data to the Germans. Their deadline was supposed to be last May 26 but they were not able to submit this. They alleged that giving the information will be in violation of the telecommunication law of Germany.

The personal data collected by Google in Ireland, Denmark and Austria has all been obliterated as requested by these governments. Google also explained that they are currently negotiating with other countries to establish the best way to handle personal information collected in each area, The Mountain view company stated that they will need more time before they can accede to all the requests since legal law in each country need to be studied and implications analyzed.

A civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation on the other hand is concerned with the fact that the submission of the personal information to the government will be in itself a violation of personal privacy.  IT Support

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