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A Google Map of Google Maps’ Legal Troubles

The Italian government has joined a long line of national investigations into whether Street View vans broke the law by downloading personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Can’t keep up? Here’s a handy interactive guide, courtesy of Google Maps.

A Google Map of Google Maps’ Legal Troubles

Italian officials today launched a probe into Google, which has been accused of collecting mounds of personal information through unsecured Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars.

This is just the latest in a long line of governments looking into the matter, from Australia to Germany to South Korea. We’ve found it increasingly difficult to keep track of all Google’s privacy snafus. So here’s a handy way to track international investigations into Google Maps: A Google Map mashup. Click on the pins for news about investigations or allegations in each location.

View Google Street View Privacy Probes in a larger map

We’ll be updating this map as more states and countries jump on the investigation bandwagon. Let us know if we’ve missed any in the meantime.

[Image: Flickr user sanchom]

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Austin Carr writes about design and technology for Fast Company magazine.



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