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Italy orders Google to stop collecting Wifi data

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Italy has ordered US internet giant Google to stop downloading Wifi information through its Street View cars.

Currently, the camera equipped vehicles pick up so called ‘payload data’ from insecure web users while taking images.

Italian authorities, who are debating whether to launch a public inquiry, have demanded Google hand over the extra information it has collected.

For the moment, the company can still take pictures in Italy. However, it is the latest setback to Google’s controversial internet tool.

Earlier this month Czech authorities halted the firm’s fleet of cars from taking panoramic images to be used with its maps.

Street View has also raised concern in Germany, with thousands of people requesting their homes be erased – something the firm has agreed to.