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Dutch Privacy college also starts investigating Google

The Dutch College Data Protection (CBP) are investigating Google Inc. on suspicion of violating privacy laws by recording fragments of people’s online activities through unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

This internet giant has recently admitted that it had been inadvertently storing fragments of people’s online activities without authorization over the past four years while expanding its mapping feature, Street View.

The College is working together with colleagues from Belgium, Germany and Spain. The U.S. Internet giant has come under fire from authorities across Europe, where strict privacy laws regulate how much of citizens’ personal details may be released or shared without consent. Suspicion that Google was showing too much in its attempts to provide detailed online maps has been aggravated by the breach, noticed by German authorities.

In London, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office joined Germany in calling for Google to destroy the data, although it said it was unlikely that anything more than fragments of data had been collected.

Google began to include data with commercial vehicles that were taking pictures for Google Street View, a website that links to images of street maps. When the German authorities investigated the information collected by the vehicles, they found that sensitive information was obtained from the ether. It might include shared data such as emails, photos or visited websites.

Google has admitted that it was wrong. The problem allegedly caused by the use of faulty software and has since been rectified according to the company.