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WiFi Scanning Discontinued


October 21, 2010

Google has no plans to resume the collection of WiFi data through its Street View vehicles, CNET News reports. According to the report issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) this week, the "collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it." Instead, wrote Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, "Google intends to obtain the information needed to populate its location-based services database" from "users' handsets." Both the OPC and Spain's Agencia Española de Protección de Datos recently concluded their investigations into the company's activity in this area, finding that it contravened laws in both countries.
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