Google to give intercepted data to govts: Report
Google will begin handing over improperly collected data, which it intercepted from private WiFi connections, to European regulators within next 2 days.
London: Internet major Google will begin
handing over improperly collected data, which it intercepted
from private WiFi connections, to European regulators within
the next two days, a media report said.
The Financial Times said in a report that Google has
decided to hand over the data "in an effort to defuse growing
controversy over its latest privacy blunder".
The report quoted Google CEO Eric Schmidt as saying
that "the company will hand over information initially to the
German, French and Spanish data protection authorities".
Germany is considering a criminal investigation into this
practice of collecting data.
Google faced a stand-off with Hamburg privacy authorities
last week over the legality of handing over the data, the
report said, adding that it now appears willing to reach a
The company would also publish the results of an external
audit into the practice, which involved cars photographing
streets for Google`s Street View service ending up collecting
snippets of personal information from unsecured WiFi networks.
Schmidt admitted that he could not rule out the
possibility that personal information, such as bank account
details, was among the data collected.
"We screwed up. Let`s be very clear about that. If you
are honest about your mistakes, it is the best defence for it
not happening again," Schmidt was quoted as saying in the
There is also an internal investigation being conducted
against the software engineer responsible for the rogue code,
which was in "clear violation" of Google`s rules.
He also said the company would conduct an internal review
of all its privacy practices, checking all the codes related
to collecting data, and would reveal the results within the
Google had also faced privacy concerns over the launch of
its Buzz social networking service earlier this year, besides
a recent hacker attack on its computer systems.