Lawmakers Seek FTC Probe Into Google Wi-Fi Gaffe

Law360, New York (May 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT) -- Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google Inc. broke the law by inadvertently collecting data, including personal e-mails and Web surfing data, sent over Wi-Fi networks.

The lawmakers, who co-chair the U.S. House of Representatives' privacy caucus, sent a letter Thursday to FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz seeking extensive answers on the Google privacy breach, which has stirred similar flaps with Germany, Ireland and members of the European Union.

Google publicly admitted last week that...
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