MPs have accused Google of deliberately hiding the full extent of the Wi-Fi data collected by its Street View cars.
Conservative MP Robert Halfon said during a House of Commons debate that he is an avid user of Google products, but is worried by what he claims is the company's failure to declare the truth about the data.
"I find it hard to believe that a company with the creative genius and originality of Google could map the personal Wi-Fi details, computer passwords and email addresses of millions of people across the world and not know what it was doing," he said.
He argued that Google did this deliberately for commercial purposes.
"Of course, Google denies that, but for me the question is whether the company underestimated the reaction of the public and many governments across the world once it was revealed what it had done," he said.
Conservative MP Chris Kelly added that the scale of the data breach is particularly worrying, and that writing code to capture data in this way suggests a deliberate move by Google.
"The code that enabled the capture of data was apparently written in such a form that encrypted data was separated out and dumped, specifically sifting out and storing the vulnerable unencrypted data on Google hard drives," he said.
"If that is true, it goes well beyond the 'mistake' explanation that was given to us by Google. Therefore, the question is whether Google intentionally breached the privacy of many people's communications."
Another Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary, David Davis, argued that Google's comments on the issue seemed deliberately misleading.
"It is a systematic pattern of behaviour backed up, frankly, by systematic mendacity on the part of Google, which first says that it happened by accident, then says that it was a mistake and ends up saying: 'Well, we will eventually get rid of the data,'" he said.
Davis also tabled a question asking whether Google and its ilk should face monetary penalties equating to a percentage of turnover for violations of privacy.
Halfon suggested that the government may need to set up a commission to provide advice for citizens on the issues of civil liberty, e-commerce and privacy concerns relating to the internet.
"Perhaps the best means would be an internet bill of rights, which would give the citizen some notion of his rights," he said.
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