The FCC has issued its report on how Google used its Street View cars to gather e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting computer users around the world. Here’s an excerpt from the CNBC story:
“ ‘So how did this happen? Quite simply, it was a mistake,’ a Google executive wrote on a company blog in 2010. ‘The project leaders did not want, and had no intention of using, payload data.’
“But according to the [FCC] report, the engineer suggested in his proposal that it was entirely intentional: ‘We are logging user traffic along with sufficient data to precisely triangulate their position at a given time, along with information about what they were doing.’ “
Oh yeah, they also tried that “rogue” excuse in another incident.
Data Harvesting at Google Not a Rogue Act, Report Finds – US Business News – CNBC.