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Google Opens up on Wi-Fi Data Collection


April 29, 2010

Google is opening up about the data its Street View cars collect, reports The Wall Street Journal. A fresh wave of scrutiny surfaced last week after Germany's data protection commissioner learned that the camera-clad cars capturing photos for Google maps are also collecting Wi-Fi data. In a blog post on Tuesday, Google's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, explained that the cars gather photos, Wi-Fi network information and 3-D building imagery. He said that other companies, including German companies, also collect the Wi-Fi data. Fleischer said "it's clear with hindsight that greater transparency would have been better." (Registration may be required to acceess this story.)
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