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Regulators Push Google To Deliver WiFi Data

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

June 29, 2010

After preliminary inspections of information gathered through unsecured wireless networks, privacy regulators in France, Germany and Spain are reiterating their requests that Google give them the original data collected in their countries, The New York Times reports. Google is keeping the data on hard drives at its U.S. headquarters and has offered the regulators remote access to review the information by computer, the report states, but regulators are saying that is not enough. As Agencia Española de Protección de Datos Director Artemi Rallo put it, "for a matter this important, we really need to see all of the data, including the original hard drive." The data protection agencies have said their investigations remain open with civil and criminal penalties possible. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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