Connecticut to lead multi-state Google probe

June 22, 2010: 12:31 PM ET

Did Google break any U.S. laws with its unauthorized collection of Wifi data and will state and federal statutes need to be changed?

Google Streetview Car via Google

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced yesterday through his press office that he'd be leading the multi-state investigation into Google's Streetview camera cars' collection of Wifi data.

"My office will lead a multistate investigation -- expected to involve a significant number of states -- into Google's deeply disturbing invasion of personal privacy," Blumenthal said. "Street View cannot mean Complete View -- invading home and business computer networks and vacuuming up personal information and communications. Consumers have a right and a need to know what personal information -- which could include emails, web browsing and passwords -- Google may have collected, how and why. Google must come clean, explaining how and why it intercepted and saved private information broadcast over personal and business wireless networks."


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