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NZ Commissioner Concludes WiFi Investigation

ONLINE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

December 14, 2010

The Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand has concluded her investigation into Google's collection of data from WiFi networks while photographing cities for its Street View feature. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said that the company breached New Zealand privacy law when it collected the content of people's communications and has acknowledged that it "went about things the wrong way." Shroff said she is "pleased that Google has taken full responsibility for the mistakes it made here and that it has improved its practices to prevent future privacy breaches. This includes training their staff better and checking new products carefully before they're released."
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