Between May 2007 and May 2010, as part of it’s Street View project, Google Inc. collected data from Wi-Fi networks throughout the United States and around the world. The purpose of Google’s Wi-Fi data collection initiative was to capture information about Wi-Fi networks that the Company could use to help establish users’ locations and provide location-based services. But Google also collected “payload data – the content of Internet communications – that was not needed for its location database project. This payload data includes e-mail and text messages, passwords, Internet usage history, and other highly sensitive personal informations.
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