WiFi Data Fallout Continues
ONLINE PRIVACYJune 21, 2010
French data protection agency CNIL is deciding whether to prosecute Google after finding e-mail passwords and other sensitive data among the information collected from unsecured wireless networks. CNIL Chairman Alex Turk has said an early review of information collected in France showed the presence of "data that are normally covered by...banking and medical privacy rules," BBC News reports, and Turk hopes to decide by September what further action to take as CNIL has the power to issue warnings, levy fines or forward the case to prosecutors. Australia's privacy commissioner is also continuing to hold discussions with prosecutors and police and, in the U.S., Congress is being urged to consider basic principles to meet privacy expectations. Google has said it is continuing to work with authorities across the globe.