Google recently gave another shock to the world. But this time the reason for the shock is something different. The Internet search engine giant, Google has recently admitted that it was spying on the computer passwords and emails across Britain.
“The Sunday Telegraph” has reported that the California based company was downloading personal data from wireless networks for its Street View project. In some of the cases complete email addresses with the passwords and along with the URLs were captured. However, the search engine giant has apologized for the action.
Alan Eustace, Google’s Vice-President of engineering and research has said- “We want to delete this data as soon as possible, and I would like to apologize again for the fact that we collected it in the first place.”
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the privacy watchdog has said that it will look into the matter. Google started to collect the pictures for its Street View project in 2008 with a panoramic camera mounted on a vehicle.
Google also confessed that the vehicles also gathered information related to the local wireless networks along with the devices that connects computer to the telecommunications network via radio waves. However, it is assumed that the wireless networks that were protected with a password were not affected by this. Google also confirmed that the information and the data it has gathered includes e-mails that were being sent by individuals at that time, the WebPages they were visiting along with the information like passwords.
The director of Privacy International, Simon Davies said- “It’s absolutely scandalous that this situation has developed and so many people have had their communications intercepted.
“The company must launch a full inquiry and produce a public report on exactly what happened, as well as release the audit it has already undertaken. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered about how and why it did this.”
Privacy International has already launched a complaint against Google earlier this year about the Google’s Street View project.