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Street View WiFi Data Not a Crime

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

September 2, 2010

New Zealand police said Google did not commit a criminal offense when it collected data from wireless networks for its Street View mapping service, AFP reports. The matter has been referred back to Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, who alerted the police to the potential crime after Google admitted its Street View cars had collected WiFi data. "An investigation by police has determined that there is no evidence to suggest a criminal offense has been committed," said a spokesman for the New Zealand police cyber crime centre, adding that the case underlines the need for Web users to secure their wireless networks.
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