Joe Mullin reports:
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) apologized long ago for the accidental collection of personal WiFi data by its Street View cars, but the snafu continues to produce headaches for the company. Now a San Jose federal judge has refused to throw out a class-action lawsuit against Google arguing that the data breach violated federal wiretapping laws.
This lawsuit is one of the more closely-watched ones in privacy circles, because it appears to be the first time a court has considered the issue of whether unencrypted WiFi data sent over public networks can be protected by privacy laws or not.
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Related: Order in In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation (NO. C 10-MD-02184 JW)