Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal (and senator-elect) of Connecticut is taking legal action to force Google to turn over consumers' data it says it inadvertently collected while operating its Street View service, his office said Friday.
Although Google has allowed international regulators to review the data, which includes passwords and entire e-mails. But Google has refused to allow Blumenthal to review it. So he's using a "civil investigative demand," the legal action is in the form of a "civil investigative demand," essentially a subpoena.
"Verifying Google's data snare is crucial to assessing a penalty and assuring no repeat," Blumenthal said in a statement.
Here's a Google statement:
"As we have said before, we're profoundly sorry for having mistakenly collected payload data from unencrypted networks. As soon as we realized what had happened, we stopped collecting all WiFi data from our Street View cars and immediately informed the authorities. We didn't want and have never used the payload data in any of our products and services. We want to delete this data as soon as possible and will continue to work with the authorities to determine the best way forward, as well as to answer their further questions and concerns."