Cars or cams?

May 19, 2010

Google says mistakenly got wireless data

CEBIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc said its fleet of cars responsible for photographing streets around the world have for several years accidentally collected personal information — which a security expert said could include email messages and passwords — sent by consumers over wireless networks.

A Google spokesperson said the Street View cars have been collecting the information since 2006 in more than 30 countries.

Your article is in extreme error. Google uses street view cams (cameras attached to poles or buildings). The writer took his info and used his misreading of 100’s of cams as cars and wrote fleet of cars! Emily Litella is alive and well! “Never mind!”

Andrew W.

Our story was correct. These are actual cars that roam the streets and collect all sorts of data, including, yes, camera visuals: GBU Editor

A worker makes final touches at the stand of Google where cars used for “Google View” are on display at the CeBIT exhibition centre in Hanover, Germany, March 1, 2010.┬áREUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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