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Liveblog: Google still “investigating” Wi-Spy activities

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Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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Liveblog: Google still “investigating” Wi-Spy activities

Google Privacy Engineering Lead Dr. Alma Whitten told the Committee that the company was “conducting investigations” into why its Street View cars gathered communications from home WiFi networks.

In a response to a question by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Whitten admitted that the company had make a mistake but could not say much more amidst ongoing investigations. Klobuchar, apparently disturbed by the revelation of Google’s practices, had contacted Google CEO Eric Schmidt about the Wi-Spying activities.

Whitten’s statements come on the heels of a Consumer Watchdog national opinion poll released today that shows almost two-thirds of the country as having at least a “great deal” of privacy concerns as a result of Google’s Wi-Spy scandal. Consumer Watchdog has been pressuring Congressmen to hold a hearing on Google’s Wi-Spying activities and its sharing of information with U.S. spy agencies like the NSA, an action that nearly 70% of the country supports.

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