As inquiries and criminal investigations over Google's collection of data from unsecured wireless networks continue to mount across the globe, Google has filed a legal motion seeking to combine all U.S. lawsuits into one case and has written to the U.S. Congress asserting it did not break any laws. The Mercury News reports on a letter to the House Commerce Committee from Pablo Chavez, Google's director of public policy, stating that "neither Google's management nor any Google product group requested that the payload data be collected, and Google never used the payload data in any of its products or services." Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), meanwhile, said that as the committee is contemplating privacy legislation, "this matter warrants a hearing, at minimum."
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