Several Google Employees Deny Street View WiFi Collection

Posted Jun 13, 2012

The New York Times has conducted a report about who was at fault in regards to the Google Street View personal data collection from open WiFi networks. Across several cases, engineers have said that it was not their fault. One engineer said ?it was not part of my duties? and another engineer said they had ?no recollection of reviewing the Wi-Fi project design document.? Another engineer said ?I am aware there was a design document prepared for the Wi-Fi collection, but I do not recall reading it.?

The engineers said all they worked on when it came to the Street View project was photographing the streets, not the data collection involved. None of them said that they were not aware of WiFi collection, but they did say that they did not review the aspect of the project. It was not part of their job.

The engineer that was responsible for writing the code for the data collection said that he ?specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data.? The project was done during the company’s 20% time at the company and so other employees may not have been aware or cared about it as much at the time. A Google spokesperson said there was ?clearly there was a process breakdown.?