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Submission + - States launch joint probe of Google Wi-Fi snooping (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: As many as 30 states could join an investigation into Google's collection of personal information from unprotected wireless networks, Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, said on Monday. Google's response was similar to what it said earlier this month. 'It was a mistake for us to include code in our software that collected payload data, but we believe we didn't break any U.S. laws,' a company spokesman said in an e-mail. 'We're working with the relevant authorities to answer their questions and concerns.' Google already faces investigations by privacy authorities in several European countries, including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Last week, the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) said its investigation had concluded that Google had snatched passwords and extracts of e-mail messages from the air. In the U.S., Google faces multiple civil lawsuits, and the company has been asked for more information from several congressmen as a preliminary step to a legislative hearing. Google has asked that the lawsuits be consolidated and moved to a California federal court's jurisdiction.
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