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Google CEO Eric Schmidt is softening his stance on Street View cars, which have been found to illegally gather e-mails and passwords while scanning neighborhoods.
In an appearance on CNN’s Parker Spitzer Friday, Schmidt said those who didn’t want the Street View cars to snap photos of their homes should “just move.” The comment was edited out of the broadcast.
Schmidt told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday, “As you can see from the unedited interview, my comments were made during a fairly long back and forth on privacy. I clearly misspoke. If you are worried about Street View and want your house removed please contact Google and we will remove it.”
Regulators in France, Germany and Spain, along with a coalition of more than 30 state attorneys general in the U.S. have opened investigations into the web giant’s accidental collection of personal information.
Google has said it hopes to delete the information as soon as possible.
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