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Commissioner Investigating Google WiFi Collection

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

June 2, 2010

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has launched an investigation into what Internet company Google has described as accidental collection of data from unsecured wireless networks by its Street View vehicles, The Globe and Mail reports. The investigation will determine whether the company violated Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Referencing concerns about the privacy implications of the WiFi data gathered across Canada and from nations around the world, Stoddart said, "We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened and about the impact on people's privacy. We've determined that an investigation is the best way to find the answers."
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