Google Admits 'Street View' Cars Accidentally Collected Emails, Passwords
Authorities around the globe investigate how much personal data Internet giant has grabbed
NEW YORK - Internet giant Google has admitted for the first time that its "Street View" cars around the world accidentally collected more personal data than previously disclosed, including, in some cases, people's emails and passwords, according to Reuters.
The revelation could breath new life into investigation in various countries and potentially lead to fines.
It came days after Canada's privacy watchdog said Google had collected complete emails.
Regulators in France, Germany, Spain and other countries have also probed the issue along with a coalition of more than 30 state attorneys general in the U.S.
It remains unclear how many people may have been affected by the data breaches.
Google had said in May that it accidentally collected data from unsecured wireless networks used by residents in more than 30 countries.
The latest disclosure is based on data examinations from regulators in various countries.
"It's clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords," Google vp of engineering and research Alan Eustace said in a Google blog post. The company added that it hoped to delete the data as soon as possible.