SEO experts at HP Group consider the impact Googleâs accidental data collection has had on the confidence of internet users.
Online PR News – 25-November-2010 – – Google have finally agreed to delete personal information collected by Streetview cars.It came as a shock and a source of great worry to the security of many when it was revealed last month that Google Streetview cars were also collecting personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks as their vehicles roamed the streets for their map views.
Information such as web addresses, emails and passwords were harvested, unlawfully it is claimed, and left many internet users feeling vulnerable. However, Google now assure us that not only the information that has thus far been collected will be deleted but efforts are being made through more thorough training to avoid the same scenario occurring again. This is now in line with what campaigners have been calling for for some time when Google accesses private information, even if it is âaccidentalâ.
Ben Milleare, technical director for HP Group SEO, had this to say:
âItâs great to finally have confirmation from Google that they will destroy this data collection but it still begs the question as to how it was âaccidentallyâ harvested in the first place, or indeed not deleted immediately. Security leaks like this consistently undermine Google in the eyes of the public and make a mockery of their âDonât be evilâ mantra. Many people now see Google as a big brother-esque corporation and are increasingly wary of opening up new streams of personal data to them â if they are not careful they could find market share dropping as the general public make a conscious decision to boycott their network altogether.â
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