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Data protection officials in the Czech Republic have told Google to put the brakes on its StreetView cars, ahead of a full statement next week.

The Czech privacy watchdog began investigating Google for slurping up citizens' unsecured Wi-Fi data back in May - the same time that German prosecutors confirmed they were investigating a complaint.

The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection told AP that Google had not been given the necessary licence to collect the data.

The spokeswoman declined to elaborate further, but promised a full statement next week.

Google is under investigation in Germany, Spain, Australia and several US states.

So far the UK and New Zealand have cleared the data gathering, which Google claims was accidental. ®

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