Google and the Connecticut-led coalition of 40 US states will avoid court and begin negotiations, in a press release issued, newly-elected Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says the coalition willn't pursue a demand issued last month that Google produce the personal data Google had collected over unsecured WiFi networks.
According to today's announcement:
Google has now stipulated that while collecting network identification information for use in offering "location aware" services, it did in fact collect and store the payload data that contained private information.
In particular, Google stipulates, for purposes of settlement discussions, that the payload data collected contained URLs of requested Web pages, partial or complete e-mail communications or other information, including confidential and private information the network user was transmitting over the unsecured network while Google's Street View car was within range.
Google also willn't contest during settlement negotiations that such private information was collected every day that the Street View cars operated.
Google has repeatedly said the data collection was accidental.
Here's the full announcement:
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