Google has yet again been caught in wrong statements provided to the European investigators over the issue of Street View cars collecting private data of people. The technology is indeed innovative and useful, but when Google had been proven to have lied in its statements to mislead the investigations, it is really taking things too far to protect one’s own fault.
Google has proven to be selfish at this while not thinking about the right of people to maintain privacy. It has been sued time and again by many for invading into their homes and also catching them in various acts that they otherwise would have faced no trouble with had Street View cars not been there.
The open Wi-Fi networks of Street View cars have been collecting private data for more than two years. Google called it a mistake of a programmer and asked to repair things. But that has not happened. It means that Google was deliberately involved in such an act and this could mean a re-investigation into Google’s own privacy policies. The experts are clearly unhappy and moreover saddened by Google outright lying.
According to the chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, Jacob Kohlstamm:
“But apparently, it wasn’t a mistake at all. In a political sense, that would be considered contempt of Parliament and would mean the end of the career for the person responsible.”
If Google does not patch itself together one final time on its privacy issues and breaking into other’s privacy matters, it could really mean the end of its name and image.