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Google Unable to Meet Regulators' Data Deadline

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 27, 2010

Google will not comply with requests from regulators in Germany and Hong Kong to surrender data collected from unsecured wireless networks, citing the need to address the "legal and logistical process for making data available." The New York Times reports that Google implied German privacy laws were preventing the disclosure, but Hamburg Data Protection Supervisor Johannes Caspar said the request would not constitute "criminal behavior" so there was "no apparent reason to still withhold the data from us." According to Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Roderick B. Woo, Google is not "taking the matter seriously enough. Unless some remedial measures are taken by Google promptly, I shall have to consider escalating the situation and resort to more assertive action." In the U.S., meanwhile, where lawsuits continue to be filed over the company's WiFi data collection, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has sent a letter to Google seeking details on how it "accidentally collected private data." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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