Earlier this week, Google confirmed accusations that its Street View cars — the vehicles Google uses to take Street View images for its popular Google Maps service — inadvertently stole sensitive personal data from various homes with open Wi-Fi networks.
Wednesday, the FTC confirmed that a resulting investigation did not find cause to fine Google for its unlawful actions. FTC director for consumer protection David C. Vladeck said the following in a letter to Google:
Google has made assurances to the FTC that the company has not used and will not use any of the payload data collected in any Google product or service, now or in the future. This assurance is critical to mitigate the potential harm to consumers from the collection of payload data. Because of these commitments, we are ending our inquiry into this matter at this time.
brg.com 27 Oct 2010
Although NOT a new story but none the less something that may have escaped some readers.
This is a 'typical' example how governments and corporations work together in obtaining information about the masses.
Even though Google 'stole' information there is NO prosecution against them.
There are numerous examples where individuals 'stole' information from corporations in the same manner and are incarcerated.
There is NO SUCH THING as accidentally. The apparatus in the Google cars is specifically designed to capture data and NOT take photos.
It is amazing how the public are being BRAINWASHED with false information.
Google - your friendly neighbourhood spy.