In the midst of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) investigation of Google in the U.S., UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is also investigating possible cover up of unauthorized data capture by Google’s Street View cars in 2010. 

In the midst of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) investigation of Google in the U.S., UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is also investigating possible cover up of unauthorized data capture by Google’s Street View cars in 2010. 

According to guardian.co.uk, Google obtained highly private data that include email messages, browsing history, passwords, and even medical records of people in the UK—some, if not a lot, of the information were obtained without user’s consent. 

Google told the ICO in 2010 that the data gathered by the Street View cars were a mistake, and that Google personnel did not use the data or even bothered to look at it.  However, on Tuesday the ICO officially began a new investigation. 

"During the course of our investigation we were specifically told by Google that it was a simple mistake and if the data was collected deliberately then it is clear that this is a different situation than was reported to us in April 2010," the ICO wrote to Google.  

Google’s spokeswoman states that Google will be “happy to answer the ICO’s questions,” and full cooperation is not out of the question.  A backbreaking antitrust investigation by the FTC is in full swing in the U.S, and the regulatory attacks from different countries seem to just be starting for Google.