Interesting... It's a bit too suspect to think that Google only realised all the private Wifi data they had been harvesting for the past 4 years was really just a mistake ...
Maybe Google reconsidered stopping their WiFi spying because the germans were the only country to notice that Google was building a private wifi database and complained about it.
Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses • The Register
Nothing really ever get's deleted though does it ?Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along.
Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" by the discovery.
"I am appalled… I call upon Google to delete previously unlawfully collected personal data on the wireless network immediately and stop the rides for Street View," according to German broadcaster ARD.
Spooks have long desired the ability to cross reference the Mac address of a user's connection with their real identity and virtual identity, such as their Gmail or Facebook account
But Google's uniquely cavalier approach to privacy, and its potential ability to cross reference the information raises additional concerns.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said internet users shouldn't worry about privacy unless they have something to hide.
And when there's nowhere left to hide...?
Edit/ Well after reading the yahoo news, it really was because Germany was the first country to expose Google's evil wifi data harvesting practices. And now Google pretends they care about people's privacy.
Even Google was troubled by its behavior, and issued a public apology Friday. The company said it only recently discovered the problem in response to an inquiry from German regulators.Yeah, we got busted, quick turn it off !"Once again, Google has demonstrated a lack of concern for privacy," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "Its computer engineers run amok, push the envelope and gather whatever data they can until their fingers are caught in the cookie jar."