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Google is being pressed to name the engineers who wrote code that captured personal data from unsecured wi-fi networks.
Google's Street View cars collected this data while taking photographs and gathering location data to create the search giant's imaging service.
The call to name the coders came from the coalition of 38 US states investigating the privacy breach.
It also wants to know if Google tested the wi-fi code before it was used.
"Google must come completely clean, fully explaining how this invasion of personal privacy happened and why," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who heads the 38-strong coalition investigating whether the search giant broke US law.
The states' new line of questioning aims to corner Google on whether it knew the software had data collection capabilities before the company began using the programs. The states asked Google if it had tested the software.
“If Google tested this software, it should have known all along that [it] snared and collected confidential data from homes across America,” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is leading the probe, said in a statement on Wednesday.
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