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States Discuss WiFi Data Investigation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 16, 2010

Attorneys general from about 30 states are considering whether to hold a joint inquiry into whether Google's collection of WiFi data violated any laws, The New York Times reports. The prosecutors took part in a conference call led by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who described the discussion as "the first step in an effort to cooperate in a possible joint investigation and action. At this point, we are asking questions and frankly some of the answers we received so far have raised additional questions that we have put to the company." Google, meanwhile, has issued a statement that the data collection was a mistake, and the company is "working with the relevant authorities to answer their questions and concerns." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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