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Italy probing Google street map service

ROME (AP) -- Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into Google's Street View mapping feature for suspected violation of privacy.

Google said in a statement Wednesday that it would cooperate with authorities and apologized for any inadvertent collection of private data from unencrypted networks in Italy.  Several countries have expressed concerns over the Street View program, which provides street-level images on Google Earth and Google Maps.  The company has admitted that its researchers collected wireless information including entire e-mails, URLs and passwords.

The Rome investigation was made public Wednesday, days after Italy's privacy watchdog asked Google to make sure its cars collecting the data are clearly marked.


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