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ICO to Investigate Wi-Fi Data Uses

ONLINE PRIVACY—UK

April 27, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will look into the details surrounding Google's practice of collecting data about Wi-Fi networks, The Register reports. The investigation follows the German data protection commissioner's discovery that Google's camera-equipped cars, which have been canvassing countries to capture photographs for its Street View feature, have been scanning private WLAN networks and recording users' unique Media Access Control addresses. An ICO spokeswoman said British regulators are interested in how the data is being processed and used by the company. "If it's just to tell you there's a café nearby--fine," the spokeswoman said.
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