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Google sued for collecting Wi-Fi data

The lawsuit stems from Google’s Street View project. The lawsuit stems from Google’s Street View project. (Kim White/ Bloomberg News)
Globe Staff / May 27, 2010

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Galaxy Internet Services Inc. and its wireless customers and Wi-Fi users in Massachusetts have initiated a lawsuit against Google Inc., alleging the search giant violated federal and state privacy laws in developing Google maps.

In a news release, Carp Law Offices LLC of Newton, said the lawsuit, filed in US District Court, revolves around the “capture and storage of WiFi information by Google’s street mapping team, who used cars equipped with sophisticated camera systems to help build Google maps, but also had covert . . . WiFi receivers to help gather data on WiFi users.’’ The plaintiffs seek class-action status.

Google declined to comment. It previously said it collected Wi-Fi data here and abroad by mistake.