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Google came under heavy fire from critics and supporters alike, when it was discovered that a rogue piece of code in Google Maps' Street View cars allowed the collection of unencrypted wireless data, from houses and businesses as it drove by.
After Google admitted its mistake, through a data audit demanded by Germany's data protection authority, the company said it would not delete the data even though the British data protection agency said that it could be.
Google faces criminal investigations in Germany, and was only given a 'slap on the wrist' by British regulators. But Germany's data protection laws are far stricter, even though all EU countries read from the same European data protection directive.