Google escapes Australian criminal charges for Wi-Fi snooping
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 06/12/2010 16:45
After a six-month investigation, the Australian Federal Police has determined Google may have breached telecommunications interception laws when it hoovered up reams of personal information from home Wi-Fi networks.
However, it has decided not to pursue the matter further due to the difficulty of gathering evidence and its determination that the privacy breach was inadvertent.
AFP: No action on Google
The Australian Federal Police will not pursue Google despite finding the internet giant could have breached local laws when it snooped on WiFi networks.
Google admitted its Street View cars inadvertently captured private information transmitted over insecure wireless networks, a breach Communications Minister Stephen Conroy described as possibly the "largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies''.
AFP drops charges on Google Street View blunder
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has dropped charges against Google related to the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars, noting the data collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy breach.
The Federal Government had referred the matter to the AFP on 3 June this year, after the revelation of the data collection in a number of countries made international headlines. At the time, communications minister, Stephen Conroy, referred to the incident as possibly "the largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies".
AFP lets Google off the hook for Wi-Fi spy
The Australian Federal Police has dropped any case against Google over its high-profile collection of Wi-Fi data via its Street View cars, noting that the data collection may have been "inadvertent" rather than a deliberate privacy breach.
The Federal Government had referred the matter to the AFP on 3 June this year, after it was revealed that data had been collected in a number of countries. At the time, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy referred to the incident as possibly the single greatest breach in the history of privacy in Western democracies.