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Consumer group calls for action against Google following complaint by Canadian Privacy Commissioner

The Canadian Privacy Commissioner's announcement that Google's Wi-Spying with its Street View cars broke the l...

October 20, 2010  

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The Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s announcement that Google’s Wi-Spying with its Street View cars broke the law demonstrates the need for U.S. Congressional hearings into the scandal, the group Consumer Watchdog claims.


Jennifer Stoddart said this week that an investigation by her office revealed that “Google did capture personal information – and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails.”


This incident, she added, was a “serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights.”


Stoddart said the private data was gathered because of  “a careless error, one that could easily have been avoided.”


Australian privacy officials have also found Google’s Wi-Spying violated the law.


“Officials around the world are cracking down on the Internet giant’s Wi-Spy incident and we need Congress to make Google executives answer publicly, under oath, for the scandal,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer Watchdog project.