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Prosecutors Open WiFi Collection Investigation

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

October 29, 2010

Computerworld reports that Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into Google Street View vehicles' inadvertent collection of personal information over unsecured wireless networks. Prosecutors allege the company violated the country's privacy laws, the report states. The investigation was opened at the request of Italy's data protection authority, the Garante. "The problem does not so much concern the images taken by the cars as the fact that Google has also captured signals transmitted by wireless networks, including fragments of communications," said DPA President Francesco Pizzetti, noting it is illegal to intercept data transmissions without authorization. Google has apologized for the breach.
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