European Data Protection Digest

More WiFi Investigations Announced

PRIVACY LAW—EU

June 11, 2010

Privacy International is planning to file a criminal complaint with UK police over Google's interception of private data over unsecured wireless networks, Financial Times reports, while data protection authorities in Germany are also considering whether there are grounds for criminal prosecution. Similar investigations have been announced in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S., while Denmark's Data Protection Agency has asked Google to destroy all sensitive WiFi data collected by its Street View vehicles. Privacy International is pointing to a third-party audit of the data collection as indicating the interception was deliberate. Google, however, has stated that the collection of personal information was accidental. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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