U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement today regarding Google's $7 million multi-state settlement regarding Street View's authorized access of unsecured wireless data:
"This settlement vindicates the investigation begun by my office more than three years ago when we first learned of these serious, shocking, systematic violations of consumer privacy. More important than the money is Google's commitment to set a model of privacy protection-- a promise made previously at least in part. The credibility and enforceability of this commitment will depend on adequate disclosure and transparency. I hope that Google will support legislation that I have advocated to prevent such reprehensible practices, and protect consumer internet privacy. These measures include Senator Rockefeller's DoNotTrack bill, on which I have joined Sen. Rockefeller as a co-sponsor."