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Australian Privacy Commissioner shames Google


Australian privacy commissioner Karen Curtis has said Google broke Australia’s privacy law when it collected private Wi-Fi data.

Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, previously shamed Google over their ‘creepy privacy policies’.

Curtis commented: ‘Collecting personal information in these circumstances is a very serious matter. Australians should reasonably expect that private communications remain private’.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is conducting a separate investigation over the Google Street View tool. That investigations looks at whether the company breached Australia’s telecommunications interceptions act, which prevents people or organisations accessing electronic communication data other than for authorised purposes.

This whole privacy debarcle was originally uncovered by the German Government when they found Google collecting Wi-Fi data from their street view cars.

Many countries around the world have voiced their opinion about Google’s privacy flaw. How would American’s feel if a foreign company started driving around the USA talking pictures and recording of everything in sight and intercepting people’s communications?


David Cowling : Editor and Founder of SocialMediaNews.com.au. I also run a Social Media Agency where I do consulting work and another blog dedicated to Instagram news. Connect with me: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google + or contact me here. Alternatively, you can send me an email at david@socialmedianews.com.au











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