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States, Google Reach Agreement on Wireless Data

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s attorney general says a new agreement has been reached with Google, allowing negotiations to begin over the company’s collection of data from unsecured wireless networks in the state.

Attorney General George Jepsen announced the stipulation on Friday. He said it means Connecticut and a 40-state coalition can proceed to negotiate a settlement of privacy issues without a protracted court battle.

Last May, the Internet giant announced that it had inadvertently collected information from people’s online activities from unsecured networks in more than 30 countries while taking photographs for its Street View mapping project.

Google confirmed the agreement and again apologized for collecting the data by mistake. The company says it wants to delete the data as soon possible and work with authorities to determine the best way forward.

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