It is illegal in Italy for anyone to intercept data transmissions without authorization, and this provides the legal grounds for this investigation. It seems that Google are aware they have stepped over the mark, by owning up to the privacy breach in a blog posting last week. While this breach has been known for a while now, this new Italian investigation makes it more serious than previously thought.
In the post, Alan Eustace, senior vice president for engineering and research at Google said “In May we announced that we had mistakenly collected unencrypted Wi-Fi payload data using our Street View cars. We work hard at Google to earn your trust, and we’re acutely aware that we failed badly here.”
However, the case in question seems to be investigating ‘illicit interference in private life’, rather than the illegal interception of communications per se. Italian legal expert Fulvio Sarzana di S. Ippolito is one of the people arguing that the magistrates involved should really change the focus of the case, although it seems that these two issues go hand in hand for many Italian people.
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Studio Legale Roma Sarzana & Associati