Google agreed to hand over private data collected in April by its Street View cars to several European governments. “The search giant will initially give the intercepted data to officials in Germany, France, Spain, and Italy sometime within the next two days,” Eric Schmidt said….what Sergey Brin said last month about the Street View blunder: “We screwed up. Let’s be very clear about that,” Schmidt said. “If you’re honest about your mistakes it’s the best defence for it not happening again.” Schmidt also told Times that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that Google collected personal data such as bank account details.
Financial Times also gets into Google’s “20% time” policy, suggesting that the engineer who wrote the code that collected this data may have done so during his own 20% time. That engineer is now facing internal discipline. But Schmidt says Google has no plans to change its policy on 20% time.