France and Italy Investigate Google Street View
By Peter Sayer, IDG News
Data protection authorities in France and Italy have joined Germany in investigating Google’s Street View service, following the company’s admission last week that its camera cars collected Wi-Fi traffic as well as photos.
Google operates a fleet of vehicles that compile panoramic images of city streets for its Google Maps site. Those cars also recorded the position of Wi-Fi hotspots to power a location service Google operates. Mobile devices within range of a recognized hotspot can be located on Google. …
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Source: PC World, June 14, 2010