Lawmakers want more Google Street View information

* Lawmakers ask Google for status of collected data

* Also ask if all Street View cars collected the data
(Adds lawmaker comments, background on Google Street View)

WASHINGTON, May 26 (BestGrowthStock) – Three U.S. lawmakers want
Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis) (GOOG.O: ) to tell them how much personal data the
Internet search engine and advertising company gathered as part
of its project to photograph streets across the country and how
it plans to use that information.

The lawmakers also want to know if they told people they
were collecting data as part of the Street View project.

“According to one report, Google gathered more than 600
gigabytes of data from Wi-Fi networks in more than 30
countries,” said the letter to Eric Schmidt, which was signed
by California Republican Rep. Joe Barton, California Democrat
Henry Waxman and Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey.

“Presumably this data could include personal emails, health
and financial information,” they wrote in the letter, which was
dated May 26.

The congressmen cited a Google blog post from earlier this
month that said the company had mistakenly collected data from
Wi-Fi Internet networks that were not protected by passwords
while it was working on Street View.

“We are concerned that Google did not disclose until long
after the fact that consumers’ Internet use was being recorded,
analyzed and perhaps profiled,” the lawmakers wrote. “We are
concerned about the completeness and accuracy of Google’s
public explanations about this matter.”

Google has sent fleets of cars around the world for several
years to take panoramic pictures of streets. People using
Google’s online atlas for locations and directions in many
cases also can look at photographs collected by the Street View
project and classified by address.

Collecting the Wi-Fi data was unrelated to the maps
project, and was done instead so that Google could collect data
on Wi-Fi hotspots for separate location-based services.

Barton and Markey, who co-chair the House Privacy Caucus,
had previously asked the Federal Trade Commission if Google
broke the law in collecting Wi-Fi and other Internet data while
taking photographs for its Street View product.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz has said that his agency would
look at the breach, but did not say whether there is a formal
investigation.

A Google spokeswoman was not immediately available for a
comment.

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(Reporting by Diane Bartz. Editing by Robert MacMillan)

Lawmakers want more Google Street View information