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Google in Australian privacy flap

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CANBERRA, Australia, June 6 (UPI) -- Australia says it is investigating Internet search giant Google for possible privacy violations while taking pictures for its Street View service.

The country's attorney general said he ordered police to investigate complaints that Google allegedly gathered personal data from some unencrypted WiFi services while gathering the visuals for its mapping service, the BBC reported Sunday.

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Attorney General Robert McClelland said Google vehicles equipped with 360-degree cameras, while gathering pictures for Street View, collected private wireless data at the same time.

Google has admitted the recording of the data but says it was unintentional and has apologized, the BBC said.

The company says it will cooperate with the investigation.

McClelland said there have been a number of complaints from the public about Google's actions.

Australian law prohibits people from intercepting electronic communications for unauthorized purposes, the BBC reported.

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