The Australian police force has launched a criminal investigation against Google to determine whether the company has violated Australian privacy laws.
Australia joins Germany, France, Canada, Spain and the Czech Republic in launching an investigation against Google after the company admitted to have 'mistakenly' downloaded private Wi-Fi data for its Google Maps Street View service.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Attorney-General Robert McLelland said: “There were issues of substance that were raised that required a police investigation.”
The 'issues' were raised by members of the public who wanted the authorities to investigate how Google collected information for its Street View.
According to insider reports, the Australian police will investigate whether or not Google had breached the Telecommunications Interception Act. The act bars people from accessing private electronic information without special permission.
Google representatives have said that the company is willing to help any authorities wanting to investigate the matter.