Google trawls Australian streets collecting wi-fi data

Two privacy watchdogs are writing to Google asking why the internet company has been collecting information about household wireless networks.Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says the internet giant has been taking down the data as it drives through Australian neighbourhoods taking photos for its Street View service. see:Please explain: why Google wants your Wi-Fi data
Google Australia will today be sent a “please explain” letter from two local privacy organisations demanding to know why the company has been collecting personal Wi-Fi network data from Australian homes alongside the images it takes with its Street View cameras.The letter comes in response to recent reports that the company has been quietly collecting Wi-Fi data around the world when taking pictures of streets and houses for its mapping service.

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