Google cut a deal with Connecticut officials Friday to avoid going to court in the "wi-spy" controversy over Google's collection of unsecured Internet information.
The company's "Street View" cars collected private data in 2008 and 2009. Connecticut issued a subpoena after Google refused to release information related to the breach but as part of the settlement, the company admitted that it collected the private information, according to a statement from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office.
"This is a good result for the people of Connecticut," said state Attorney General George Jepsen. "The stipulation means we can proceed to negotiate a settlement of the critical privacy issues implicated here without the need for a protracted and costly fight in the courts, although we are ready to do so if we are unable to come to a satisfactory agreement through negotiation."