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More Google Inquiries Launched

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 21, 2010

The list of authorities planning to investigate Google's collection of data from wireless networks continues to grow, The New York Times reports. Officials in Spain, France and the Czech Republic announced Thursday that they plan to investigate the company's admission that it inadvertently collected "snippets of Web sites and e-mail messages" from unsecured WiFi networks, the report states. Germany has already started an inquiry, while regulators in the UK and Ireland have reported they are not initiating investigations but have asked Google to destroy the data collected in their countries. Nations around the globe, including the U.S. and Australia, are also considering what action to take. Privacy lawyers believe the company is likely to face fines and suffer damage to its reputation but not "serious criminal convictions." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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