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Connecticut Leads Investigation of Google's Wi-Fi Data Gathering

Google Under Legal Threat
Google is already in hot water with European regulators over the data it inadvertently collected while snapping images for the Street View feature of Google Maps. Now, U.S. attorneys general are looking into the incident, as well, with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal leading the charge. Blumenthal's office is spearheading the multi-state investigation of whether or not Google broke any laws when it collected and stored personal information transmitted over Wi-Fi networks.

In a statement, Blumenthal called Google's collection of data a "deeply disturbing invasion of personal privacy." In addition to potentially filing legal charges against the Web giant, his office and those of other states' attorneys general are considering what, if any, changes need to be made in order to safeguard against future privacy mishaps. Blumenthal has asked Google to voluntarily hand over its stores of data, which the company has already given to Spanish authorities. The Street View foul-up will continue to play out over the coming months, but the prospects for a quick and quiet solution in Google's favor grow dimmer daily. [From: New York Times]

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