European Data Protection Digest

Google "Close" to Handing Over Data

ONLINE PRIVACY

June 4, 2010

Google says it is close to resolving legal issues that have prevented it from supplying German data protection officials with data it inadvertently collected from unsecured WiFi networks, BBC News reports. "We are working hard to get the Hamburg DPA access to the...information he needs," the company said in a statement. Hamburg data commissioner Johannes Caspar said his office has completed tests on a Google vehicle that collected the data but added that "a full investigation is essential" and "I expect Google to continue on the path of cooperation and transparency." German consumer minister Ilse Aigner estimates that the number of legal actions related to the data collection could reach 50,000 by year's end, The Local reports.
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