Google admitted recently that it had been gathering some packet data using its Street View cars as they drove around taking pictures of streets. Google says that it was capturing MAC and SSID data in part to provide location information for Street View.
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However, Google stated that it did not realize the software it was using was also capturing packet data form unsecured WiFi networks at the same time. Google maintains that it didn’t know the data was being captured from open networks until a German regulatory authority asked for information for information on collecting practices.
Google grounded its Street View fleet until the problem could be addressed. That isn’t good enough for Consumer Watchdog and the consumer protection and advocacy firm has asked the FTC to investigate Google and its data collection practices. The firm wants the FTC to document what data was collected by Google, how long the gathering of data has been going on, and what the company has done with the data. Google maintains it has used the data for no products.