Editorial: Googling You

The settlement last week between a group of state attorneys general and Google over the company’s improper data collection from home wireless networks shows the need to overhaul a 27-year-old federal law that is not up to the task of addressing new forms of privacy invasion.The case concerns Google Street View, the company’s program to take photographs of homes, businesses and streets. The mapping project, which had cars outfitted with cameras and other equipment drive every block of America and many other countries, also captured e-mail messages, passwords and personal documents.

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