European Data Protection Digest

CNIL Examines WiFi Data, Germany Plans Meeting

ONLINE PRIVACY—EUROPE

June 18, 2010

CNIL has announced that Google has handed over copies of e-mails, browsing history, banking details and other fragments of data collected from unsecured wireless networks by its Street View vehicles. The Associated Press reports that CNIL is examining the data it received from Google on June 4 and may seek financial or criminal penalties over the privacy breach. German authorities, meanwhile, have not received all the data they requested, the report states. German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner is planning a meeting with Google management, stating, "We have a lot of questions and we are expecting answers." Investigations are continuing across the globe into the WiFi data collection, which Google has said was a mistake but not illegal.
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