Google to Face Multistate Probe in the US

Pulkit Chandna

It is becoming very difficult to keep track of Google's growing multinational miseries following the infamous Wi-Fi debacle. Google's legal woes in the States seem to mirror its problems elsewhere, with the company facing eight lawsuits in different U.S. states and the Congress mulling “a hearing, at minimum.”

Now, more than 30 states are said to be mulling a joint probe into Google's Wi-Fi snooping. Although the company asserts that it did not break any laws when its Street View cars were “inadvertently” collecting Wi-Fi data, this fresh probe is meant to put this very assertion to the test.  The investigation will be spearheaded by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty, which is also probing the matter, has found that the Wi-Fi data collected by Street View Cars in that country included passwords and e-mail.

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