Earlier today we told you that Google are facing a multi-state investigation in the US, over the data that was captured from unsecured WiFi networks via their Google Street View cars.
Now it seems that the UK Police are also investigating the matter, and the case has even been given a crime reference number, although that doesn’t mean anyone at Google has committed a crime, that remains to be seen.
The investigation by the Police is in response to complaints from Privacy International, who have alleged that Google carried out “criminal interception of wireless communications content”, and this constitutes a crime under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Wireless Telegraphy Act.
Google has said from the start that the data was collected in error, and was stored by mistake, it looks like the may now have to explain things to the UK Police, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
via The GuardianFiled Under: Technology News