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Dutch data protection watchdog criticizes Google over wifi network information collection

In Big Brother, Europe News on April 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

By CB Online

(AP) – The Netherlands’ personal data protection watchdog has joined other countries in criticizing Google for collecting data on private wireless networks, ordering it to contact 3.6 million Dutch wifi owners and offer them a way to have their data deleted.

The Dutch Data Protection Agency Tuesday slammed Google’s Street View service for collecting personal data from unencrypted wifi networks, a practice Google has halted and apologized for. But the bureau added the company’s current use of wifi locations still amounts to gathering personal…

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