It is Confirmed. Google Street View Cars Captured User Emails and Passwords

The French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) has finally confirmed that data captured by Google Street View cars had usernames and passwords. This puts Google at a high level of scrutiny and Google has been criticized widely for this.

Google, which started to collect data to improve its location service also collected private user data and tried to cover it up by making up stuff like “it was collecting only fragments of data” and other tech jargon to confuse people. Though, we know the better of these claims.

This investigation has laid the foundation for many further investigations to be carried out in Spain and Germany. Germany in particularly, has not been very friendly to Google and Google should gear up for some serious allegations.

Google has a database from thirty such countries and most countries, when came to know of this, asked Google to delete the data. Some others though, wanted Google to keep the data and investigate into it.

Google should be extra careful from now on. No wonder it has made life easier for all, though, this has also earned it scrutinizers who are much more interested in what goes on behind the scene.


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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. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.