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Connecticut AG to lead probe into Google's Wi-Fi snooping

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jun 2010 18:48 User comments (2)

Connecticut AG to lead probe into Google's Wi-Fi snooping Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal revealed on Monday that more than 30 U.S. states participated in a conference call over the Google Wi-Fi snooping incident. Google had to admit recently that its Street View cars had intercepted and stored payload data from unencrypted wireless networks in countries all over the world. The data grab was unintentional.
Blumenthal is now to lead a multi-state probe into the situation to determine what laws Google may have broken, and to discover whether U.S. states need to alter procedures in order to avoid such data leaks. "My office will lead a multi-state investigation -- expected to involve a significant number of states -- into Google's deeply disturbing invasion of personal privacy," Blumenthal said in a statement.

"Consumers have a right and a need to know what personal information -- which could include emails, Web browsing and passwords -- Google may have collected, how and why." Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also revealed last week that she had opened an investigation into whether Google collected personal information from Illinois residents' networks, while Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox requested more information from Google.

Blumenthal said that Google has cooperated so far, but said the company's responses have raised as many questions as they've answered. The company is facing scrutiny in countries all over the world after its May admission, with each state deciding what should be done about data intercepted within its borders.

"It was a mistake for us to include code in our software that collected payload data, but we believe we did nothing illegal. We're working with the relevant authorities to answer their questions and concerns," Google spokeswoman Christine Chen said.

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2 user comments

121.6.2010 20:09

These pratts told the Gov of NZ all they wanted to do was film houses & map roads & streets i don't recall wifi hot spots being part of the discussion but apparently they wanted to map those as well which is fair enough yet now we find out they mapped houses that had wifi & it looks like they got ip addresses etc..wtf..for what purpose & they call it a mistake..bollocks,it's bad enough satellite images can be used from a comp to get an idea of an area if you wanted to burgle houses & now this bull,i say good job to the @%%^%&^&& that got abused & chased from a suburb last year when residents took exception to their houses being photographed...lol..

222.6.2010 9:24

the next question is what did they do with the data they mined destroy the ip list and passwords? (both of which they ran more then a code to get more like encryption breaker software ) so now that they commited a crime against the world who will hold them to the letter of the law... and if they distroy the eveidence isnt that a crime also if the go to court then isnt that against the public law to relase the info but dosnt it become public record and now the RIAA can track the ips to a house oh this has so many ways of being bad news for so many and what if they get hacked and all those passwords and personal info gets into the wind for all to see?

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