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      Google’s Data Collection Practices Investigated

      Jul 13, 2010
      Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy commissioner, is investigating Google's apparent "collection of data from unsecured wireless networks as its cars photographed streetscapes for its mapping service."

      Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy commissioner, is investigating Google's apparent "collection of data from unsecured wireless networks as its cars photographed streetscapes for its mapping service," the AFP reported. "We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened and about the impact on people's privacy," Stoddart said.

      Google notified the office of the privacy commissioner that it had been collecting and storing information from personal wireless networks that were not password protected, in a possible breach of Canadian privacy law. Stoddart's office asked Google to surrender any improperly collected information for the investigation.

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