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Monday, June 11, 2012

Google told Congress data collection was lawful mistake
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On June 11, 2010, Google officials released a letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives claiming that its collection of private information over Wi-Fi networks during the creation of its Street View maps was inadvertent and did not violate any laws. Earlier the same week, Australia began an investigation into whether Google had breached its Telecommunications Interception Act, which prevents people from accessing electronic communications other than for authorized purposes. Canada also commenced an investigation in to whether Google's unsecured Wi-Fi data collection had violated the country's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, which applies to organizations that collect personal information in the course of commercial activities.

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