Canada Joins Countries Investigating Google Street Car Breaches

Canada's privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has begun an investigation into the Wi-Fi network traffic data 'mistakenly' gathered by Google's Street View cars.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has requested Google retain that the data it collected in Canada using its Street view cars, reported Canada NewsWire.

Canada is the latest country to join Spain, Germany, France, UK, Italy, and the Czech Republic in investigating the alleged breaching of privacy laws by the world's largest and most popular search engine.

Google recently confessed, following an audit request by Germany, to mistakenly acquiring data from people's wireless networks while collecting data for its Street View Google Maps service.

The search giant has denied any wrongdoing in mistakenly collecting the 'payload' data, and has assured authorities carrying out the investigations that it will cooperate.

The District Court of Portland in the US has asked the company to hand over a copy of the hard drive containing payload data.

Currently, Google faces lawsuits in Washington DC, California, Massachusetts and Oregon.