TLP: Pay No Attention To That Ginormous Camera On Top Of The Car
It's the data-sucking gadget inside you have to worry about.
Attorneys general from about 30 states are investigating whether Google violated any laws when vehicles used by the company to snap pictures for the Street View service also collected snippets of personal information sent over unsecured wireless networks.Dicking around will cost you. If anybody knows how to wipe the cache, dump the cookies and clear the history, you'd think it would be the Google.
On Thursday, attorneys general from about 30 states participated in a conference call do discuss whether to join forces.
The call was spearheaded by Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s attorney general, who was among the first to open an investigation into the data gathering by Google.
“Violating legitimate expectations of privacy on the part of both homeowners and business people is an extraordinarily serious issue, and we want all the facts as quickly as possible,” Mr. Blumenthal said in an interview by phone.
Mr. Blumenthal said the conference call with his counterparts “was the first step in an effort to cooperate in a possible joint investigation and action. At this point, we are asking questions and frankly some of the answers we received so far have raised additional questions that we have put to the company.”