Conn. AG wants Google's Wi-Fi Street View data

Richard Blumenthal, the outgoing attorney general in Connecticut, has demanded that Google turn over the Wi-Fi data it collected in its Street View project.

Google's legal headache spurred by its Street View project shows no signs of easing.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal State of Connecticut,Office of the Attorney General

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who has been leading a cadre of attorneys general investigating Google's Wi-Fi Street View data gathering, formally ordered the search giant today to hand over data gathered during the years it operated Street View cars . He issued a civil investigative demand, a legal order similar to a subpoena, after Google refused to provide the data after less formal requests, according to a statement released by his office.

"We need to verify what confidential information the company surreptitiously and wrongfully collected and stored," Blumenthal said in the statement. A recent review of the data gathered by Google in Canada found that the company collected e-mails and passwords in addition to benign positioning data as its Street View cars mapped unsecured Wi-Fi access points.

Google has said the collection was inadvertent, and today issued pretty much the same statement it has relied upon during the months since German authorities discovered the project in response to inquiries. "We want to delete this data as soon as possible and will continue to work with the authorities to determine the best way forward, as well as to answer their further questions and concerns," Google told our sister site ZDNet.

Google is also facing a class action suit in California over the Street View project that will likely take some time to play out. Blumenthal is set to leave the attorney general position in Connecticut to take a seat in the U.S. Senate in January.

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