The German Street View car, found on Brunnenstr., Berlin 20.4.10
Guten tag from Berlin:
The lead story on last night’s ZDF news broadcast, quoted George Orwell, in English. According to the German news station, “Big Brother is watching you.”
Yesterday, several EU governments addressed the news that Google had inadvertently collected personal data, including the names and locations of open Local Area Networks (WiFi is called WLAN here) while gathering footage and data associated with the company’s Street View initiative.
Europe and the EU are very concerned about privacy and data protection in regards to the program.
The German government has clearly shown that it has no problems challenging the search giant when it feels they are in violation of national statutes. As the Street View project continues, it will be interesting to see how German and EU officials react to the collection of data, whether intentional or inadvertent.