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19/05/2010 - 16h53

França e Itália também investigam Google por invasão de privacidade

SÃO PAULO - Depois da Alemanha anunciar que investiga o Google por violações de privacidade, agora é a vez da França e da Itália verificarem as ações da companhia. As autoridades italianas afirmaram que iniciaram uma investigação dos dados coletados pelo Google para o serviço Street View, que fornece imagens panorâmicas de ruas das cidades, para o site Google Maps. Com o serviço, as atividades de dispositivos conectados a redes sem fio podem ser gravadas. Na França, onde as companhias devem preencher uma declaração com a Comissão Nacional de Computação e Liberdade (CNIL), descrevendo o tipo de dado que elas querem armazenar nos sistemas de computadores, o conteúdo coletado pelo Google será analisado, pois não foram mencionados na declaração à autoridade.

Hoje pela manhã, promotores alemães deram início a uma investigação sobre o Google com relação a dados pessoais de pessoas conectadas em de redes Wi-Fi abertas.

(Vanessa Dezem | Valor com agências internacionais) (Reuters) - Italy has started an investigation into Google Inc ' s Street View web service, a local watchdog said Wednesday following the U.S. group ' s announcement it had accidentally collected personal data over wireless networks.

Google said last week its fleets of cars which have been photographing streets around the world had for several years accidentally collected personal information -- which a security expert said could include e-mail messages and passwords.

Italy ' s privacy regulator said it would verify whether Google treated correctly the data acquired by Street View, which allows users to navigate around a 360-degree view of city streets using pictures taken by Google ' s camera vehicles.

The regulator said Google Italy had admitted it collected pictures but also "data regarding the presence of wireless networks ... as well as electronic communications, eventually transmitted by users via unprotected wireless networks." Asked for comment, a Google Italy spokeswoman referred to Friday ' s statement that Google was approaching regulators in the affected countries about how to dispose of the data, which Google said it never used ---------- Google Street View Faces Investigation in France and Italy Data protection authorities in France and Italy will investigate Google ' s Street View service, following the company ' s admission that it recorded Wi-Fi traffic Peter Sayer Wednesday, May 19, 2010 09:40 AM PDT Data protection authorities in France and Italy have joined Germany in investigating Google ' s Street View service, following the company ' s admission last week that its camera cars collected Wi-Fi traffic as well as photos.

Google operates a fleet of vehicles that compile panoramic images of city streets for its Google Maps site. Those cars also recorded the position of Wi-Fi hotspots to power a location service Google operates. Mobile devices within range of a recognized hotspot can be located on Google Maps.

What has attracted the attention of privacy regulators, though, is that Google recorded not just the names of Wi-Fi hotspots, but also the traffic flowing through them at the time the company ' s cars passed. Google defended itself on Friday, saying the data collection was accidental and that it only collected fragments of personal Web traffic as it passed by because its Wi-Fi equipment automatically changes channels five times a second. On Wi-Fi networks operating at 54M bits per second, though, you can record a lot of traffic in one-fifth of a second.

On Wednesday, the Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, Italy ' s data protection authority, announced that it had begun an investigation of Google ' s data collection for its Street View service.

The company must disclose to the authority the date it started collecting information, how it collected the data and for what purpose, and where and for how long it stores the information, the authority said. Finally, the company must clarify what data it collected from Wi-Fi networks, and whether any of that information has been sold.

In France, where companies must file a declaration with the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) describing personal data they intend to store in computer systems and the use they plan to make of it, Google might have avoided trouble if it had simply stated in advance that it intended to record the Wi-Fi traffic. Noting Google ' s admission that it had collected Wi-Fi traffic, CNIL said Wednesday: "This collection was not mentioned in Google ' s declaration to the CNIL. That ' s why the Commission is currently conducting a review of Google, in order to obtain all the information on this case and decide what action to take." Data protection authorities in Germany have already announced investigations of Google ' s collection of Wi-Fi data, but the U.K. ' s Information Commissioner ' s Office decided not to pursue the company after it promised to delete the data .

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