Google faces fines in Britain and possibly in other countries too.
Personal information 'accidently' collected by Google's fleet of Street View cars has landed the company in very hot water
Google could face heavy fines under Britain's privacy laws after it has admitted copying computer passwords and entire emails from households.
The US firm says the personal data was picked up from wireless networks when its fleet of cars drove down residential roads taking photographs for its highly controversial Street View project.
Millions of homes could be affected and anti-surveillance campaigners have described the error as 'outrageous'.
Such actions are already being investigated in other countries including New Zealand. They have been under investigation here in recent times.
Google admitted for the first time last week that its Street View cars around the world accidently collected more personal data than previously disclosed.
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•Wary of Google Street View? Move, CEO Schmidt says (marketwatch.com)
•Google Faces Fine For Copying Passwords (news.sky.com)
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