CT AG Hits Google With Civil Investigative Demand

WiFi data blunder continues to haunt company

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The tension over Google’s collection of sensitive WiFi data has risen again.  Today, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal issued a civil investigative demand requiring that Google share the information gathered by its Street View cars.

Blumenthal defined the demand as being the equivalent of a subpoena, meaning Google should have little choice but to comply.  It’s supposed to do so in the near future, too, as Blumenthal’s only given the company until December 17th to obey.

Then, even if Google does behave, it doesn’t look like Blumenthal is inclined to just say "thanks" and let the matter drop.

Blumenthal asserted in a statement, "We need to verify what confidential information the company surreptitiously and wrongfully collected and stored. . . .  Verifying Google’s data snare is crucial to assessing a penalty and assuring no repeat.  Consumers and businesses expect and deserve a full explanation, as well as measures shielding them from future spying."

GoogleFor better or worse, the statement also noted, "Google initially claimed that the data was fragmented, but has since acknowledged that entire emails and other information may have been improperly captured.  The company has called the improper data collection an accident."

Google hasn’t yet hinted how it will respond to this development.

CT AG Hits Google With Civil Investigative Demand
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  • Guest

    Yeah they are a very dishonest company. Said one thing first, then another when heat got closer. I think they need to be canned by the government. Split into so many pieces they couldn’t even be observed with a microscope. It’s Facebook’s decade.

  • http://ezvaporizers.com Mr.Vaporizer

    Yeah that is really pushing it. First of all I doubt it could be accidental, second kind of scary thatbthey would even want that sort of information information. How could they possibly think that would-be ok? Interesting to see how they will handle this.

  • http://www.cannabag.com Cannabag

    Ha… they are becoming so sneaky and dishonest w/ AdWords, I can only imagine the rest. They’ve never really cared about fraudulent clicks via their AdSense partners, now their the ones actually being dishonest and fraudulent.

    It’s very evident that Google’s new instant search is having a negative effect on their AdWords bottom line.


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