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Questions Surround WiFi Collection

ONLINE PRIVACY

June 11, 2010

The most recent investigations into Google's collection of WiFi data were announced this week in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the U.S. as privacy officials and advocates in Canada continue to raise questions. The Montreal Gazette reports that the interception of 600 GB of personal data--potentially including such information as credit card numbers and personal e-mails--could amount to a privacy incident "of epic proportions." Google has said the collection was accidental. In a statement released when her office announced last week that it would investigate the incident, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said, "We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened and about the impact on people's privacy."
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