But this was not enough. Criticism ensued, with the most ruthless coming from German officials. “Based on the information we have before us, it appears that Google has illegally tapped into private networks in violation of German law. This is alarming and further evidence that privacy law is a foreign concept to Google,” Ilse Aigner, the German minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection, told the New York Times. Another official stated that the scandal would be investigated by a panel of European national data protection chiefs that advises the European Commission.