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German prosecutors have launched an investigation of Google Inc. in connection with a privacy breach that involved it recording fragments of people's online activities through unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Hamburg prosecutor Wilhelm Moellers told the news agency DAPD on Wednesday that his office launched the investigation after a complaint was filed with their office against undisclosed Google employees.

Google acknowledged the privacy breach in an apology issued last Friday.

The U.S. Internet giant has come under fire from German authorities. The consumer protection minister, Ilse Aigner, has said the "alarming incident" showed that Google lacks an understanding of the need for privacy.

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