May 262010
 
 May 26, 2010  Posted by  Business

Three U.S. lawmakers want Google Inc to tell them how much personal data the Internet search engine and advertising company gathered as part of its project to photograph streets across the country and how it plans to use that information.

The lawmakers also want to know if they told people they were collecting data as part of the Street View project.

“According to one report, Google gathered more than 600 gigabytes of data from Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries,” said the letter to Eric Schmidt, which was signed by California Republican Rep. Joe Barton, California Democrat Henry Waxman and Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey.

“Presumably this data could include personal emails, health and financial information,” they wrote in the letter, which was dated May 26.

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