Google Downplays Claim It May Have Breached Lawmakers' Home Networks

Friday Jul 9th 2010 by Staff

Consumer Watchdog says Google's StreetView cars may have downloaded data from networks belonging to members of Congress, but industry groups say it's not likely.

Computerworld: Google has admitted that its StreetView cars unintentionally collected data from some unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Now Consumer Watchdog says that the company may have collected data from networks belonging to members of Congress, including one representative who serves on a intelligence committee--Rep. Jane Harman, D-CA.

Google responded to the charges by saying, "It was mistake for us to include code in our software that collected payload data, but we believe we did nothing illegal. We're continuing to work with the relevant authorities to answer their questions and concerns."

The Computer and Communications Industry Association pointed out that Consumer Watchdog has no actual proof that Google collected any data from representatives' home networks.

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