With an intention to avoid any further privacy probes, Google confirmed that it would not resume using its Street View cars to gather information about the location of WiFi networks.
The disclosure was made by Canadian privacy commissioner who said that the Internet search giant had no plans to resume the service.
In a report on Street View, privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that Google's recent WiFi data collection was a serious breach of people’s privacy rights.
Commenting on the topic, Stoddart said, "Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information – and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails.”
Earlier in May, the internet search giant admitted that its Street View cars had unintentionally gathered personal information that people sent over unencrypted wireless networks. The exposure triggered inquiries from privacy officials all around the globe, including Canada.
However, in July, the UK data protection authorities ruled that they were satisfied that Google's WiFi sniffing didn’t include any significant personal details of people in the country.
Google has been given time until February to employ a string of privacy safeguards. Privacy commissioner said that she would consider the matter closed in case Google complies.