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As Other Nations Continue Asking Questions, FTC Criticized for Street View Decision

ONLINE PRIVACY

October 29, 2010

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's decision to suspend its inquiry into the collection of personal data from unsecured WiFi networks by Google Street View vehicles has privacy advocates speaking out, E-Commerce Times reports. "We're not sure exactly why the FTC failed to act, but we intend to find out," said Electronic Privacy Information Center President Marc Rotenberg. A Consumer Watchdog spokesman has said it is joining those asking the Association of State Attorneys General to investigate whether Google's actions broke any state laws. Meanwhile, Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has stated the issue remains unresolved in that country, and legislators in Australia are questioning the company's approach to privacy.
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