Google Apologizes for Privacy Issues

Google is under fire after revelations that it had been collecting people's personal data from wireless networks. At a conference Wednesday, Google CEO Sergey Brin said his company had "screwed up" and is putting more internal controls in place.

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NEARY: Google is still under fire after revelations that it had been collecting people's personal data from wireless networks. At a conference yesterday, Google cofounder Sergey Brin said his company had screwed up and is putting more internal controls in place.

The controversy involves Google vehicles that drive around, collecting photos for its Street View mapping service. It also collects information about Wi-Fi networks. Two lawmakers have asked the Federal Trade Commission if Google broke any laws. Authorities in Germany, Italy and Spain are also investigating whether the Internet giant violated privacy laws in their countries.

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