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Google Seeks Ruling Street View Didn’t Break Wiretap Laws

Google Inc., while fighting a U.S. demand for private user information in a national security probe, urged an appeals court to find that its Street View program didn’t violate federal wiretap law by uploading personal data from home Wi-Fi networks.

The company, operator of the world’s most popular search engine, is seeking reversal of a judge’s 2011 ruling that its data collection, which included e-mails, user names, passwords and other private data, broke the federal Wiretap Act. The ruling came in a class-action, or group, lawsuit filed on behalf of residents in nine U.S. states whose homes were depicted on Google Street View, which allows users see photographs of roadsides.