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Breaking news states are going after Google new investigation into how Google went about collecting personal data for its street -- sure.
Leading the charge Connecticut attorney general and democratic candidate for -- US senate Richard Blumenthal joining us now by phone welcome sir thank you for being here.
Well will what is at issue here apparently they were -- different views from for their street view thing in a couple things -- wireless Internet it seems magnanimous but you -- -- Google has intercepting and collecting this.
Confidential personal information that could include.
And web browsing passwords from -- wireless networks.
Without their knowledge and it has acknowledged doing so.
Count -- in Europe but now in Connecticut and in the country and what we're doing -- state is forming a multi state.
To pursue the fact we've reached no conclusion who who has -- that it is cooperating.
And so forth has been and we're very simply trying to think the fact about when where why.
If -- just after the collected this information as part of this street view program that has nothing to do with.
-- this information you put it.
Again we are speaking with Richard Blumenthal the attorney general the state of Connecticut -- was looking looking into what exactly it was -- Google was -- -- we know that Google.
Had such objections to the way the Chinese Government was looking into the personal information.
By some of its customers that it actually pulled out of China -- -- there there's every reason to believe that Google is.
Interest to end in stopping this kind of this kind of search your personal behavior isn't it.
And Google as -- that it was a mistake that it was the result of -- code it software.
By the company.
And has said that it stopped.
This kind of activity.
But it still has the data that was collected stored on site -- want me for that it.
Securely stored and mainly we just want to know what the facts are because if the company's policies and practices.
-- -- -- -- The intercepting -- collecting this data certainly.
Google has every interest in coming clean and that's what we hope and believe it will do.
What kind of I guess cooperation are you getting from them are you speaking specifically with lawyers do you want to talk to the CEO Eric Schmidt you wanna talk to the -- it's.
We'll be working with other state -- -- is leading multi state effort.
And we have commitments some significant questions -- core group of state but.
Certainly expected that interest from a significant number of state and we believe there will be announced.
But what about the cooperation from an -- -- that our multi state will receive cooperation.
We will -- in terms of document.
And we will want to deep within the company.
Are part of the investigation and we will.
Take it one step at a time.
Do you have any information sir that individuals are about to file civil lawsuits against -- -- for invasion of privacy.
There have been lost -- I believe on the West Coast perhaps elsewhere.
By the civil litigation.
Against Google but that really is not our concern.
We very simply want to make sure that this.
Very disturbing invasion of privacy and no one disagrees that there was -- -- but -- Is prevented from happening again and also if there were laws that the law.
That the violation of laws.
Are enforced if there were illegality.
Eric Schmidt has said in the past to the media that if if you don't want people to know what you're doing on the Internet the don't do it it should that be the metric or do you feel that there should be a privacy that are.
Fully fully protected and that you'll fight to do that's.
One of our goals is to look at the existing legal framework.
And determine whether it should be strengthened in protecting -- But certainly.
Smith has -- point about encrypting.
Data at the greatly.
And one of the question here is whether there were legitimate expectations of privacy that were violated.
If so there may also be violate the -- but I emphasize to you reached no conclusions.
The company is cooperating.
And this multi state investigation.
Is simply -- Logical and appropriate step by state.
Households and businesses.
May have interest in privacy that perhaps were violated.
By the way you are running for office in the great state of senate have for a -- in the great state of Connecticut for the senate seat there.
I've got to ask argue against any form of Internet taxation.
But you know I'm perfectly willing to talk about that subject on another occasion when we're talking about subjects other than Google other than -- that other than.
United States senate -- So right now you're not willing to tell us.
I will be happy to talk you about that question of the Internet activation or -- -- -- generally I'm against.
-- increases or any new -- Okay well you know I think that they have to come back that talk to us again sir that's not so much.
We thank you for company.
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