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