Google argued that the data that was collected was fragmented because Street View cars were moving and the equipment used to record data was changing wireless channels several times a second. However, a French investigation recently concluded that the compromised data included emails, fragments of visited web pages and even passwords. Investigations are also ongoing in Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and now as many as 30 U.S. states.
The U.S. investigation, led by Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, will focus on determining whether Google broke any laws, how the unauthorized data collection happened, why the information was kept if Google was supposedly unaware of it and what action will prevent a recurrence. The outcome of the investigation could have important implications for Internet privacy laws, especially in regard to protecting personal information that isn't secured.
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