Blumenthal Asks Google for Data from Public Wi-Fi Networks

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he has asked Google for access to data it collected from public Wi-Fi networks in the state.

The U.S. senator-elect said Friday that he and the state Consumer Protection Department issued a “civil investigative demand” that says Google must provide access to the data by Dec. 17 or face being taken to court.Google spokesmen didn’t immediately return messages Friday. Earlier this year, the company revealed it had mistakenly collected data from Wi-Fi networks during its Street View mapping project in more than 30 countries.

Blumenthal and officials in nearly 40 other states have been seeking access to the data for months to see if Google improperly accessed e-mails, passwords and other private data.

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