After Germany alleged Google for stealing personal payload data from open Wi-fi networks, Australia has followed suit and has announced a police investigation against Google.
The allegation is quite the same as previous one, whether Google stealed private information when using Google Street view cars to collect images of streets, buildings and landmarks.
When asked regarding the earlier allegation by Germany, Google officials acknowledged
It was an accident. It’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products.
Australian investigators are concerned over the countries privacy issues and they are doubtful whether the street view photographs taken by Google, violated the countries privacy laws. Australian federal attorney general Robert McClelland said:
In light of concerns having been raised by the public, my department thought there were issues of substance that were raised that require police investigation
The investigators are now busy collecting data whether Google breached the countries telecommunication system act, which prevents people as well as organizations to access electronic communications without proper consent from the respective authorities.
Last month, Australian communication minister Mr Stephen Conroy said “It is the single greatest breach in the history of privacy”