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Authorities Probe Mapping Service's Data Collection

ONLINE PRIVACY—BELGIUM

April 21, 2011

Bloomberg reports that Google is working with Belgian authorities over its online mapping service. The company never inspected or used the information it inadvertently collected via its Street View cars, said company spokeswoman Anoek Eckhardt in an e-mail. A spokesman for Belgium's Privacy Commission said the authority concluded earlier this year that "Google committed 'flagrant violations of privacy law' by collecting and storing wireless Internet addresses and traffic between computers and WiFi hotspots."
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