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 June 11, 2010  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Sara Jerome reports:

Google is determined to “learn all the lessons we can” from a major privacy breach in which it may have collected users’ personal information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, the company said in a letter to House Energy and Commerce leaders on Tuesday.

In a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill, Google sought to downplay the the danger of the breach in response to a list of questions in late May from committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif), ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas), and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass).


Google said the data collection occurred by accident and stressed that only two employees ever viewed the information.

“The first instance involved the individual engineer who designed the software. The second instance was when we became aware that payload data may have been collected from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks and a single security engineer tested the data to verify that this was the case,” the letter said.

Read more on The Hill.

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