Google Told To Hand Over Wireless Network Data

German regulators have told Google to hand over the hard drive containing private Wi-Fi data the search giant says collected "mistake", or face legal action.

Data protection officer for Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, has given Google until 26 May to hand over the hard drive containing 600GB of data from wireless networks, gathered by cars taking photograhs for its Street View feature.

The Financial Times reports that prosecutors in Hamburg have received several complaints against unidentified Google employees over the Street View scandal.

Google claims the data was collected accidentally, and that it only meant to gather data about network names, not private information such as user names, addresses and payload data.

A spokesperson for Google announced that the company had begun to destroy the private data it had collected during Street View surveys, and has already destroyed all of the data it collected in Ireland.

The search giant caused an uproar among privacy protection agencies around the world when it admitted to storing private data gathered from unprotected Wi-Fi connections by Street View cars since 2006.