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FTC asked to query Google on personl data collection

05-20-2010 13:47 BJT

BEIJING, May 20(Xinhuanet)-- Two lawmakers from the House Privacy Caucus asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to inquire about the personal data "mistakenly" collected by Google when it carried out its Street View project photographing cities, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Representatives Joe Barton and Edward Markey asked the FTC how the data had been collected and stored, and who had access to it.

They also asked if the data collection had violated a reasonable expectation of privacy and if the practice had been deceptive or illegal.

FTC confirmed the receipt of the letter, but had no immediate comment.

Google revealed on its official blog that it has been "mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks," as the company's Street View data-collecting cars swept through various cities in the world.

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from various positions along many streets in the world. It was launched in 2007, originally only in several cities in the United States, and has since gradually expanded to include more cities and rural areas worldwide.

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