And not just Canada and Germany et al, but Australian police are also investigating as such unauthorised data interception is a criminal offence. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...c/10249091.stm
Such "accidental" breaches can't really be accidental - after all, just how many cameras are equipped with the technology to accidentally gather all that "payload data"?
Somebody, somewhere, within Google took a decision to gather that data.
The greatest concern here is not just this specific case, but that Google does not seem to have any clear pre-established internal privacy strategies in place, of if they do, they are either being ignored by staff, or are not in line with the telecommunications or privacy laws of the countries in which they operate. Either way, for a company that is all about gathering, organising, and disseminating data, this is a pretty scary thing.