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Google Admits Privacy Leaks

googleGoogle has recently accepted that its Street View cars have collected more than required personal data. However, the company claims that the unnecessary data was collected accidentally.

This has put the company on a back-foot as Google had strongly denied these allegations in the past.

The revelation comes within few weeks after Canada’s privacy watchdog had alleged Google of collecting e-mail addresses of the Canadians. The supervisory body had charged Google of breaching the privacy of Canadian nationals.

Executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg said laws were breached and Google may have to face some culpable charges as well as considerable fines.

Electronic Privacy Information Center is an advocacy group based at Washington DC.

This has fueled the investigations in European nations which already had condemned the idea of Street View cars roaming around the streets collecting all the important information. Authorities in Germany, Spain and France have started probing the matter.

In the US, a league comprising 30 state attorneys have started a joined investigation.

Leader of the state attorney league, General Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut issued a statement. In his statement, he said the exposure related to the data collection done by Google needs probing.

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