What are you doing for Data Privacy Day?

Attorney General George Jepsen marked the day — Friday, Jan. 28 — by joining Jerry Farrell, the consumer protection consumer, in reaching a settlement with Google regarding information the internet giant must provide about its privacy breach.

The deal resolves Google’s objection to a civil investigative demand,  the equivalent of subpoena, issued by the state in its continuing investigation into the company’s collection of data from unsecured wireless networks in 2008 and 2009.

Google now acknowledges that it collected the data, including emails, as its specially equipped cars roamed through neighborhoods taking photographs for its “Street View” mapping site.

“This is a good result for the people of Connecticut,” Jepsen said. “The stipulation means we can proceed to negotiate a settlement of the critical privacy issues implicated here without the need for a protracted and costly fight in the courts, although we are ready to do so if we are unable to come to a satisfactory agreement through negotiation.”

Meanwhile, Jepsen said that computer users should follow these guideliness to safeguard data when using wi fi.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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