U.S., D.C. Officials Call for Probe into Google's Inadvertent Privacy Breach

Lora Bentley
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Google's in hot water with European privacy regulators after its Street View camera cars inadvertently intercepted private data from home Wi-Fi networks, and privacy advocates in the United States have been calling for similar investigations here.


Now it seems the requests are coming directly from lawmakers, at national and local levels. The Washington Post reports that U.S. Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, have also asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate what happened - more specifically, what data was intercepted, whether and by whom it was accessed, and how the so-called "breach" may affect the individuals.


Also according to the Post, District of Columbia council member Jim Graham added his voice to the chorus Thursday, asking D.C. officials to look into the matter for possible violations of local privacy laws.


Google co-founder Sergey Brin reiterated Eric Schmidt's comment that the data collection was a mistake. Brin stopped short, however, of claiming "no harm, no foul" as Schmidt did. Brin said:

We do have a lot of internal controls in place but obviously they didn't prevent this error from occurring. We are putting more internal controls in place and bringing in third parties to work on this issue, as well. We are doing everything we can to preserve [user] trust.

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