Oregon court orders Google to turn over collected data from U.S.
Google has been accused on several occasions of being a monopoly and abusing its dominant position in the online search and advertising markets. So far, the company has escaped major investigations into its practices, but that may soon change.
Google announced in mid-May that it had discovered after a German regulatory authority asked for an audit of its data collection practices that it had accidentally captured Wi-Fi payload data. Google admits its Street View fleet captures SSID and MAC address data from protected
Later in May, a suit was filed against Google for capturing data from unprotected Wi-Fi
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that she was concerned about the implications for privacy and that the only way to answer the lingering questions was to launch an investigation.
Stoddart said, "We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened. We've determined that an investigation is the best way to find the answers."
Google still plans to cooperate fully with authorities in all countries where the WiFi data was captured. The