Google's CEO told the Financial Times the company will begin handing over data intercepted from private WiFi connections to European regulators within the next day or so. Eric Schmidt said the company will release the data to German, French and Spanish data protection authorities first. Google will also publish the results of an external audit into the data collection, in which company vehicles lifted snippets of personal information from unsecured wireless networks while traversing cities and towns to collect photographs for its Street View mapping feature. Google has asserted the collection was inadvertent, but lawyers representing an Oregon plaintiff modified a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday, claiming that a patent application filed in 2008 indicates it was deliberate. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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