US seeks Google Street View engineers over WiFi data scandal

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Wants to know how snooping code was allowed through.

The Google engineers who wrote the code for its Street View cars which captured personal data are being sought from a coalition of 38 US states.

According to BBC News, Google is being pressed to name the engineers. Investigators also want to know if Google tested the WiFi code before it was used.

Connecticut attorney-general Richard Blumenthal, who is heading the coalition, said it is asking Google to identify specific individuals responsible for the snooping code and how Google was unaware that it allowed the Street View cars to collect data. He claimed that it will take "all appropriate steps, including potential legal action if warranted, to obtain complete, comprehensive answers".

David Jevans, CEO at Ironkey, said: “It seems to be the case that privacy has become something people worry about and is raising the public awareness. There is awareness of risk and privacy is a basic human desire.”  

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