Google: Street View cars are no longer - in Australia

Google Street View cars turn engines off in Australia.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Oct 31 2010 8:38 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:33 PM CST
Google has confirmed that it's Street View program has stopped operations in Australia - in the wake of it's Wi-Fi data collection controversy earlier in the year.

Google: Street View cars are no longer - in Australia | TweakTown.com


Google revealed the news at a Senate inquiry into the practice of protecting the privacy of Australians online - with Google admitting it had indeed "mistakenly" collected data from home networks via it's Street View cars - noting that private emails, web addresses and even passwords were among the data collected.

Iarla Flynn, the head of Google's public policy and government affairs, told the Senate that it's Street View cars driving in Australia and overseas were primarily taking pictures for the service and collecting Wi-Fi information to help with it's location based services. Flynn added "When we discovered the mistake in collection of payload data we stopped all Street View driving and we've not resumed driving here at this time,"

When asked whether the cars were taken off the road, or if Google had simply ceased Wi-Fi collected, Flynn confirmed that the cars were not in action in any form, while adding "When we discovered the mistake in collection of payload data we stopped all Street View driving and we've not resumed driving here at this time,"

The Senate pressed Google representatives about future plans for the Google Street View services - but was met with an uncertain response.

"We would like to [be active again] but there are no plans to resume at this time," Flynn said. "There's no timeline associated with that at this time," Google policy counsel, Ishtar Vij, told the inquiry.

Most surprisingly - Google representatives were uncertain on exactly how many of the Street View cars were operating in Australia at the time of the data collection.
NEWS SOURCE:pcworld.idg.com.au

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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