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Google loses appeal in Street View snooping case

11 September 2013, 12:07

San Francisco - A federal appeals court is affirming a judge's decision that Google overstepped its bounds by enabling its vehicles to collect emails, internet passwords and Web surfing behaviour while photographing neighbourhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" mapping feature.

The US Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a report on Tuesday that the Google cars with cameras mounted on their roofs went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication.

A Google spokesperson says attorneys for the internet giant are disappointed in the 9th Circuit's decision and are considering "our next steps".

Google has apologised for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data, and said what it did was inadvertent but not illegal.

- AP


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