US judge tells Google to hand over wi-fi data
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 28/05/2010 14:58
[AFP] A US federal judge has ordered Google to turn over copies of private US wireless data it captured while taking pictures for its Street View mapping service.
The encrypted data will be held under seal and kept as a backup in case any of it is determined to be legally admissible evidence in a class action case filed against the internet giant in federal court in the state of Oregon.
U.S. court orders Google to copy data in Wi-Fi case
A U.S. court has ordered Google to turn over two copies of wireless data scooped up by the company's Street View cars as they photographed neighbourhoods, part of an escalating legal and public relations problem for the search engine giant.
Suits have been filed in Washington D.C., California, Massachusetts and Oregon by people who accuse Google of violating their privacy because the cars also collected data from open Wi-Fi networks.