Google Street View Cars Grabbed E-Mail and Passwords

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) said that their Street View cars had accidentally collected personal data. Google is changing their privacy practices as a result and they want to delete their data as soon as possible.

Google has limited fragments of data because the cars were constantly moving as they inadvertently collected data from WiFi connections. “It’s clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords,” stated Google VP of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace.

Google has already deleted the data in countries where regulators gave them permission. To help get through this issue, Google hired Alma Whitten as the director of privacy for engineering and product management. Google said that it was a mistake to collect personal data because of computer code from an experimental project that was accidentally included.