Hiawatha Bray reports:
Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined an effort to find out whether Internet search giant Google Inc. has collected personal information from citizens without their permission.
Coakley said yesterday that she and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sent a letter to Google, asking the company to provide details on the information collected from wireless Internet users as part of its street view mapping program. “We are concerned with any instances in which the personal information of Massachusetts consumers may have been compromised,’’ said Coakley in a statement.
A spokeswoman for Coakley’s office said that Google could be liable for civil penalties under Massachusetts data privacy protection laws.
Read more in the Boston Globe.