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New Criminal Investigation Launched Into WiFi Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

June 10, 2010

Police in New Zealand are investigating allegations that Google illegally gathered personal data from unsecured wireless networks through its Street View vehicles, The New Zealand Herald reports. The announcement Wednesday evening marks the latest such investigation, with others underway in Hong Kong, Australia and the U.S. "At the moment we are just confirming that we have received a complaint from the privacy commissioner," said Gary Ogilvie of the New Zealand Police, explaining, "The first step will be to assess the complaint before we make any decisions on whether to proceed from there...We can't speculate on what they might be charged with until we look at what they are doing." A Google New Zealand spokesman has said the company is "profoundly sorry" for the mistake.
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