Google faces an investigation by the UK’s privacy watchdog after it owned up on Monday to copying emails and passwords from home computers.
The firm says its Street View cars unwittingly stored emails and passwords from wireless networks as they criss-crossed Britain as part of a project to photograph every street in the country.
Google insists the data was not used for any commercial purpose and will eventually be deleted.
The Information Commissioner’s Office says it will launch a new investigation. British police are already considering whether the California-based company has broken the law.
The Street View project has sparked controversy worldwide. Authorities in Canada, Australia and Germany have accused Google of violating their citizens’ right to privacy.