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Google Facing More Scrutiny Over Wi-Fi Privacy In UK

Search engine giant Google had recently confessed that it had 'accidentally' acquired private Wi-FI data while taking photographs for its Street View service.

Following the revelation made by Google, German prosecutors in Hamburg had launched a criminal investigation into the matter. As of now, the company has suspended all the Street View cars that have currently been deployed across the globe. However, mapping of UK on its application is over, The Telegraph (opens in new tab) has reported as the search giant has apparently managed to map every Wi-Fi Network in the country.

In order to collect pictures and map of the localities in cities and towns for its new Google Maps service, Google had to run specialised cars with mounted wireless cameras in every prominent city across the globe. The idea is to mark restaurants, local markets, shops and other landmarks in a particular locality.

The collected data would help Google send appropriate advertisements and links to the users with a particular software in their mobiles walking through a particular street via Google Map's application, "Street view", which in turn would make money for the company as soon as the user clicks on that link.

Although Google has publicly apologised for "mistakenly" intruding into people's wireless networks, but it has denied the regulators of the data protection authority any access to the hard drive with the payload data, citing legal hassles. Google has affirmed the need of greater transparency in the process.