Having caused PR and ongoing continouous legal headaches around the globe surrounding around Street View, Google has decided to permanently discontinue its Street-View-based WiFi data collection. Multiple countries have asserted that Google’s Street View practices violated privacy laws for the collection of personal information from unsecured WiFi networks.
Recently, Google is fined in Spain and in Canada the company is being given a deadline to delete all personal or sensitive information it collected.
According to a document issued by the Office of the Canadian Privacy Commissioner, “Google still intends to offer location-based services, but does not intend to resume collection of WiFi data through its Street View cars. Collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it.”