Privacy Regulators in Europe May Reopen Google Street View Probe

Privacy regulators in Britain, Germany and France said that they may reopen or expand their investigations into Google’s illegal collection of Internet data for its Street View service following revelations that the programmer who designed the software had informed coworkers of its capabilities as early as 2007. Google’s disclosure in 2010 that it had illegally collected 600 gigabytes of personal data -- including e-mails, photos, Web histories and passwords -- from Wi-Fi routers around the world was first uncovered in Germany and sparked a series of inquiries by privacy regulators in Europe and around the world.