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Police: No Charges for WiFi Collection

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

December 6, 2010

Australia Federal Police (AFP) has concluded its investigation into Google's collection of payload data off of unsecured WiFi networks, determining that the company may have breached the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (TIA) but "evidence exists to suggest that the potential breach of the TIA by Google was inadvertent." The Age reports that the AFP will not bring criminal charges against the company given the inadvertent nature of the breach and "the difficulty of gathering sufficient evidence required for an examination of potential breaches." In announcing the decision on Friday, the AFP said that it was satisfied in the undertakings the company gave following the privacy commissioner's investigation of the activity earlier this year.
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