Google data collection under scrutiny by 30 states

It's not easy being omniscient. Attorneys general from 30 states want to know whether Google violated any laws when company-controlled vehicles snapped pictures for its Street View service as well as collecting chunks of personal information sent over unsecured WiFi networks.

Putting aside the fact that the information could not have been collected had users deployed even the minimal encryption technology on their wireless devices, there is some question in the minds of the attorneys that Google may have gone too far and violated homeowner privacy.

The search engine giant, which has recently announced plans to enter the TV business and, according to its enemies, is bent on Internet domination, has revealed that it collected private data from unsecured wireless networks. That's the kind of thing that's created a hotbed of trouble for Google overseas with European and Australian regulators launching investigations.

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