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Prime Minister: More fights with Google to come

Prime Minister: More fights with Google to come

PM backs Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, in his accusations despite ongoing AFP investigation

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The Prime Minister has backed Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, in his fight against Google and predicted more argy bargy will come.

During a press conference in Sydney, PM Kevin Rudd was asked if he thought Conroy’s accusations that Google had “hoovered up” banking details would unfairly prejudice the ongoing Australian Federal Police investigation against the search giant.

Rudd sidestepped the question, but said he stood by everything Minister Conroy said so far.

“The Minister’s statements speak for themselves,” Rudd said. “I’m sure there’ll be a continued robust exchange between himself and the various parties concerned.

“I’m sure they’ll both argue their positions.”

Google experts have denied Conroy’s claims and said the cars picking up information for StreetView could not have picked up encrypted data like banking details. The Minister also claimed the search giant perpetrated “the single greatest breach in the history of privacy”.

“Banking is a form of encrypted data. We did not collect information travelling over secured wireless networks,” a Google spokeswoman told The Australian.

“If you have an open network, but are using a website that is itself protected by secure socket layer [security] or some other form of encryption, then the software may have stored that data, but we are not able to read it.”

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