Australian Privacy Act ‘likely’ breached by Google

Google’s collection of Wi-Fi data in Australia was a “likely breach” of the Privacy Act, according to Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner met with Google Representatives yesterday to answer a number of questions in relation to the revelation from Google over the weekend that its Street View cars had collected data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks for the past four years. see:Privacy watchdog probes Google’s Wi-Fi data harvest
The Australian Privacy Commission has launched an investigation into Google’s collection of Wi-Fi data following revelations by the company at the weekend that it had “mistakenly” collected personal data when taking photographs for its Street View mapping service.The company has been scanning the Wi-Fi network alongside the images it takes with its Street View cameras around the country to help location based services such as Google Maps pinpoint the location of devices such as smartphones.

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