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News : Google admits wi-fi data collection wrong doing

World’s search giant, Google, has admitted that for the past three years it has wrongly collected information people have sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks. Google admitted this data collection blunder after German authorities found this breach of privacy after conducting an audit on the data Google Street view cars gathered when it took photos viewed on Google maps.

Google had admitted to have collected this data but said it found that it had "been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open networks".

The search giant wrote in a blogpost that as soon as it became aware of the problem it grounded its Street View cars from collecting wi-fi information and segregated the data on its network.



Now Google’s admission to collecting the data which could include parts of an email, text or photograph or even the website someone may be viewing is expected to increase concerns about potential privacy breaches.

However, Google said it is now asking for a third party to review the software that caused the problem and examine precisely what data had been gathered.

"Maintaining people's trust is crucial to everything we do, and in this case we fell short," wrote Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research.

"The engineering team at Google works hard to earn your trust - and we are acutely aware that we failed badly here."

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