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Old 11-21-12, 04:20 PM   #1
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Post Google won't be prosecuted over Street View in Germany

Google collected private information from public Wi-Fi networks in 2010, and the privacy headaches have been haunting the company ever since. Street View cars were supposed to collect generic public information about Wi-Fi networks for mapping purposes. Instead, they ended up collecting private info sent over those networks as well, an activity Google says was a mistake. The networks were open to the public, like those in coffee shops.

The worst-case scenario would have been an actual criminal prosecution over the incident'something that wasn't really considered in the US, where the issue was investigatedby the Federal Trade Commission and ultimately dropped.

A prosecution got mighty close to taking place in Hamburg, Germany, however. There, city prosecutors were ready to put Google officials in the dock as late as last month. No one in Mountain View needs to book any flights though, because the Germans have now said that's not going to happen.

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