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Connecticut Probes Google's Use of Private Data

Associated Press
Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 1:08 PM ET

Connecticut's attorney general says he's investigating whether Google illegally collected data from personal and business wireless computer networks for its mapping service.

The controversy stems from Google's Street View feature, which provides pictures from within neighborhoods. Authorities say the feature may violate privacy laws and last month, Google representatives acknowledged they had mistakenly collected data over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal plans to hold a news conference Monday to announce he's asking Google whether it wrongly collected the data in Connecticut.

Police in Germany and Australia already have launched their own investigations into the matter.

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