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Google to hand over Wi-Fi data to three European countries

June 3, 2010 |  6:04 pm

Google will turn over the Wi-Fi data it inadvertently collected to European regulators, the Internet giant said Thursday. Google had discussed destroying the data, but a number of governments requested that the company release it instead.

The revelation last month that Google’s StreetView cars had for three years gathered data transmitted over unsecured wireless networks angered European regulators. The company will first hand over data to German, French and Spanish authorities. Germany is considering a criminal investigation.

The Financial Times first reported Google’s decision to share the data. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt told the Financial Times: "We screwed up."

 -- Jessica Guynn