Google Admits To Have Collected Full Usernames and Passwords with Street View Cars
By on October 23rd, 2010

Being one of the largest tech companies is a hard job and you inherently gather some animosity from around the world. Make one mistake and you will have a thousand fingers pointing at you. Google knows this fact the best.

Up until now,  Google has admitted only to have collected chunks of data, which might contain passwords or usernames but has termed this as an unintentional process. However, the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL)  has insisted that Google has done more than that.

Today, Google has admitted for the first time that its Street View cars actually collected usernames and passwords. This will fuel the investigations in France and Germany that might have gone stagnant over time. This disclosure was made after Canada’s blamed Google of stealing full usernames and password data. This was followed by an investigation by thirty state attorneys who are investigating the matter further. In short, Google is fighting a one-man battle against the world.

Google Vice President of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace expressed his concern in a blog post saying,

It’s clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords.

I find Google Street View to be an awesome feature and have used it on more than once instance to check out cool avenues and streets.  The complete data is estimated at over 600 GB and Google is assuring users that it will delete the private data soon but that can be possible only after the all the investigations are complete.

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Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

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