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Officials Denounce Google Over WiFi Data Collection

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

May 25, 2010

Privacy commissioners in Australia and New Zealand have joined many of their counterparts across the globe in investigating the company's admission that its Street View vehicles had gathered personal data from unsecured wireless networks around the world. Describing actions Google has taken so far to address the issue, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said she is joining other commissioners to consider whether its plan to keep information about personal networks and signal strength is acceptable in terms of privacy law. Meanwhile, Australia Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, a proponent of Internet filtering, has denounced Google, Financial Times reports, describing the data collection as "probably the single greatest breach in the history of privacy." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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