Google's Street View cars are hitting the road again
By Stela Roman
Google will restart its Street View photo and 3D image collecting this week, not long after being sidelined over their unauthorized collection of people's Wi-Fi data. The company have decided to start Street View driving in Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden.
Earlier this year, Google admitted it had mistakenly collected personal data being sent over Wi-Fi networks through its Street View cars.
The company said in a statement that The WiFi data collection equipment has been removed from the cars in each country and the independent security experts Stroz Friedberg have approved a protocol to ensure any WiFi-related software is also removed from the cars before they start driving again.
''We recognize that serious mistakes were made in the collection of WiFi payload data, and we have worked to quickly rectify them. However we also believe that Street View is a great product for users, whether people want to find a hotel, check out a potential new home or find a restaurant'', said Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering at Google Geo, in a blog post.