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2010-07-08 11:22:00

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google's WiSpy snooping could have sucked up and recorded communications from members of Congress, some of whom are involved in national security issues, an investigation by Consumer Watchdog's InsideGoogle.com has found. Rep. Jane Harman, D-CA, chair of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee and former member of the Intelligence Committee has at least one wireless network in her Washington, D.C., home that could...

2010-06-22 05:36:22

Connecticut is at the head of a multi-state investigation into whether Google broke the law when it collected personal data off wireless networks around the globe, which the Internet search company says it did so inadvertently. Conn. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told Reuters on Monday that more than 30 states were on hand during a recent conference call on the issue. He said that consumers have a right to know what type of data had been collected, and whether procedures needed to be...

2010-06-07 23:02:00

DEARBORN, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford adds Google Maps to its 'Send to SYNC' feature, allowing drivers to send destinations from Google Maps to their Ford vehicle through the cloud-based SYNC® Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app Drivers download destination information into the vehicle via their Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones; the information will be processed into audible turn-by-turn directions, eliminating the need to bring printed maps...

2010-06-07 05:55:00

A police investigation has been ordered on Internet search giant Google by the Australian government over alleged privacy violations, Attorney General Robert McClelland said Sunday. Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy accused the company last month of committing the "single greatest breach in the history of privacy" by collecting private wireless data while taking pictures for its Street View mapping service. Australia has become at least the second country to launch a probe...

2010-06-04 06:00:00

Internet search company Google has said it is "close" to resolving issues that have kept it from passing Wi-Fi data disks, which contains data Google Street View cars gathered by accident, to German authorities. Google has been under pressure by the German regional Information Commissioner to make the data available by May 27. In a statement, Dr Johannes Caspar, from the Hamburg Information Commissioner's office, said he expected Google to "continue on the path of cooperation and...

2010-06-02 06:10:00

A woman who was struck by a car while walking along a route she followed after checking Google's online mapping tool is suing the Internet giant for not recommending a safer direction. Lauren Rosenberg of Los Angeles used Google Maps on her BlackBerry smartphone to chart a nearly two-mile course in Park City, Utah. Rosenberg is asking a US District Court to order Google to pay her more than $100,000 for injuries and emotional suffering caused by the accident on January 19, 2009. The path...

2010-05-28 13:30:00

A federal judge has ordered Google to turn over its copies of U.S. private wireless data it captured while taking photos from a vehicle during its "Street View" mapping service. The encrypted data will be held under seal and kept as a backup if any of it is determined to be legally admissible evidence in a class action case filed against Google in federal court in the state of Oregon. Google is facing several suits throughout the U.S. by states that are demanding millions of dollars in...

2010-05-21 06:25:00

In a joint effort to bring Web and channel surfing together, Google Inc, Intel Corp, Logitech International and Sony Corp unveiled new plans for a "smart" TV on Thursday. Google wants to turn televisions into giant monitors to allow people sitting in their living rooms watching their favorite show to be able to click a button and surf the Web. The plan hopes to make more money selling ads. Although the company began selling ads for television programs three years ago, revenue has paled in...

2010-05-20 07:25:58

Google Inc. is being investigated by German prosecutors on suspicion of violating privacy laws by recording fragments of people's activities through unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Hamburg prosecutor Wilhelm Moellers told DAPD news that his office launched the investigation after a complaint was filed against the Internet giant's employees over the incident last Friday. "The tapping of data is believed to have taken place over unsecured Wi-Fi networks in connection with 'Street View'" activity,...

2010-05-17 10:10:00

Google has admitted that it collected personal data sent over unsecured WiFi signals as it gathered information using its controversial "Street View" mapping service over the last few years. The Internet giant previously said it was only collecting WiFi network names and addresses with the Street View cars that have been cruising cities around the world taking photographs for the service. "It's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (ie...

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