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As Australia Privacy Groups Draft Letter to Google, Company Admits Collecting New Zealand Data

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

May 13, 2010

Just as two Australian privacy groups were scheduled to send a letter to Google on Thursday asking the company to explain why its Street View cars are collecting Wi-Fi information and how the data will be used, the Internet company confirmed to New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff that it has gathered data about personal wireless connections from homes there. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australia Privacy Foundation and Electronic Frontiers Australia also want to know what other information the Google cars might be collecting. The company, which told the New Zealand commissioner it cannot identify individuals from the data collected, has already responded to the concerns of 10 global data protection authorities on the matter after Germany's top privacy official learned that the cars were collecting more than just photographs.
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