By Sara Jerome - 12/10/10 04:25 PM EST
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is taking legal action to force Google to turn over the personal data it collected from users in its so-called "Wi-Spy" privacy breach, he announced on Friday.
Blumenthal, a Democratic senator-elect, sent his message by way of a "civil investigative demand," which is essentially a subpoena.
“Verifying Google’s data snare is crucial to assessing a penalty and assuring no repeat," Blumenthal said in a statement.
Blumenthal says Google has allowed Canada's authorities to review the data, which include passwords and entire e-mails. However, the company is refusing to allow Blumenthal to do the same.
Google collected and stored user data from Wi-Fi networks through its Street View cars, which take pictures for its mapping application. Google says the data collection was a mistake and resulted from a problem with computer code.