WiFi Collection Could Spur Legal Action, New Laws
ONLINE PRIVACYJuly 2, 2010
Experts believe the international controversies surrounding Google's collection of private data from unsecured wireless networks may be the impetus for new privacy regulations. A Reuters report quotes former U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour's suggestion that the FTC is likely to question whether the company violated reasonable privacy expectations. Meanwhile, investigations are also underway in Europe, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. According to one legal expert, while the company is likely to prevail in any legal action related to WiFi case, the data collection is likely to be "the one that will cause regulators to drop the hammer on Google." Google has reiterated its position that its actions were not illegal and it is "looking forward to answering questions," the report states.