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Google Cuts Deal To Avoid Court Battle In Connecticut 'Wi-Spy' Case

January 28, 2011

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."

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