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AG Seeks WiFi Collection Answers

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 22, 2010

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has asked Google to respond by Friday to his question of whether the company tested its Street View software before using it, suggesting such tests should have revealed the potential for collecting personal data from unsecured wireless networks. Bloomberg reports that Blumenthal, who is leading an investigation that now includes 37 states, wrote to Google's senior counsel Wednesday asking for the response. "If Google tested this software, it should have known all along that Street View cars would snare and collect confidential data from homes across America," Blumenthal said. "Now the question is how it may have used--and secured--all this private information." Google has maintained that the data collection was a mistake.
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