Google to Connecticut Attorney General: No Way for Street Views Data Turnover

Bob Styran, IT audit expert
December 21, 2010 /

Following the request from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal that Google hand over the payload data that its Street Views cars allegedly collected from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in his state, Google has released its response stating its refusal to turn over the data it vowed to delete.

Earlier last week, Blumenthal has released an ultimatum ordering Google to release until December 17 the “inadvertently” collected data in the state of Connecticut when the search giant’s Street Views cars were taking photos in the area.

Now, Google has refused to grant Blumenthal’s office access to these data, which include emails and passwords. This is the second time Google denied the turn-over of the Wi-Fi data to Blumenthal after the same refusal to his less formal request earlier.

Blumenthal’s request aimed to determine whether Google has committed violations to state laws by determining the degree of confidentiality of the data the Street Views cars have collected, which he said might call for legal actions against the company following ICO’s failure to penalize it amid claims of data breach.

Google has previously granted Canada access to its Street Views data that came from over 30 countries. It has also apologized to the public for the data breach, adding that it never used the data collected by its Street Views cars for its products and services.

In exchange of ICO’s pardon for Google was an undertaking signed by the firm to mark its commitment of improving policies on data privacy, referring to Street Views service’s failure to uphold provisions in data privacy laws.


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