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Preliminary Review: Google WiFi Collection Not So Bad

ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

June 22, 2010

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis shared preliminary comments with The Sydney Morning Herald on Google's collection of data from unsecured wireless networks, rejecting the idea that banking transactions could have been captured because financial institutions use secure Internet connections. "At this stage, it appears payload data that has been collected comprises only fragments--0.2-second snatches," she said, adding that her office has not examined the data and has told Google not to review it. Curtis said her office is working with its international counterparts as the investigation continues. In the U.S., meanwhile, as many as 30 states are considering taking part in a joint investigation led by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to determine whether any laws were broken when the data was collected.
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