It's been going on for a few months now. We've seen government agencies, like the FTC, as well as entire governments get involved, and now Google is being summoned by a judge in Spain to sort out this whole fiasco. At least, as it relates to those in Spain. The reason? That data that Google collected from WiFi locations all over the place, is apparently still rubbing folks the wrong way. We saw the results over in South Korea, and now it's Spain's turn to dive in.
We have seen some strange things on Google Street View. I think that many use the service more to find wacky photos of the crazy stuff people are doing when they have no idea they are being snapped than anything.
Whether or not Google is having a good week in the eyes of the media is anyone's guess at this point, but this one will definitely get a check-mark in the "no" category. According to Reuters, the search giant is getting in even more trouble due to their whole "collecting WiFi" debacle. Back in May, the FTC was actually called on to investigate Google, based on the claims that the company was snagging WiFi information while they went around taking photographs for their Street View. And now the allegations are back, but this time in South Korea.
While Google may be working with Verizon to make sure that the Internet remains open, that's not stopping them from getting entangled in a terrifying story involving Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and invading people's privacy. But, considering it involves Google Maps, Street View, and crazy little gadgets flying around photographing updated images of all things public, why wouldn't it freak people out? No fear though, as Google has responded, and said they aren't using spy drones to take pictures.
Google has found that its street view service has landed it in a bit of trouble since it debuted. There was the time when the Street view team was driving around military bases making detailed maps that terrorists could use for starters. Then there is this photo the Street View team captured in front of someone's home with their van on fire.