Connecticut AG Considers Legal Action over Google Street View Data

Lora Bentley

Just when I thought we'd seen the last of the Google Street View Wi-Fi data collection debacle ...


The Washington Post reported Friday that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is accusing Google of refusing to turn over data it inadvertently collected from Wi-Fi networks in Connecticut while working on Street View.


Google raised the ire of regulators around the world in May when it admitted it had collected personally identifiable information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in the course of Street View work. The company has been working to redeem itself in those jurisdictions ever since-paying fines, turning over or destroying data as the regulators requested, and even implementing new privacy controls to prevent similar lapses in the future.


According to the Post, Blumenthal will consider legal action since Google missed the deadline on Dec. 17.


Canada, the UK and even the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are among those that have closed their probes into the matter, but Google still faces class action lawsuits from affected individuals, and attorneys general in several other states are continuing their own inquiries.

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