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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:07 PM
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Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data
Source: BBC News

Google is "almost certain" to face prosecution for collecting data from unsecured wi-fi networks, according to Privacy International (PI).

The search giant has been under scrutiny for collecting wi-fi data as part of its StreetView project.

Google has released an independent audit of the rogue code, which it has claimed was included in the StreetView software by mistake.

But PI is convinced the audit proves "criminal intent"

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10278068.stm
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ProgressiveVictory Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:13 PM
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1. i love using that when I'm looking for some place i have never been
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:15 PM
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2. what did they collect?
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bc3000 Donating Member (766 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 07:45 PM
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6. Everything
They weren't picking and choosing. If you were surfing the internet when they drove by, they would have picked that up. If you were streaming music to a wireless music player, they would have grabbed a piece of the song.

If you were entering your password into your bank's website, they would have picked up an encrypted version of that. (They didn't listen in on encrypted wireless networks, but they would have picked up encrypted communications being transferred on unencrypted networks)
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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 07:52 PM
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7. But if that happened to you kind of your fault too, shouldn't have an unsecure wifi network ever
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:22 PM
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3. already in GD
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:27 PM
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4. While I'm starting to lose my respect for Google..
.... for various reasons, I fail to see what the issue here is.

IMHO If you don't put an encryption password on your wireless network, YOU HAVE NO REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY.
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bc3000 Donating Member (766 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 07:41 PM
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5. I agree to a point, but our opinions are not the law.
If the law says you can't eavesdrop on an unencrypted wireless network then you can't do it. I'm not sure what the laws are in the US.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 08:36 PM
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9. Most legal definitions of illegal invasion of privacy..
Edited on Wed Jun-09-10 08:38 PM by sendero
... are absolutely based on a reasonable expectation of privacy.

I don't see how anyone with an open network can expect that.

I understand that the laws relating to digital communications are pretty much shite tho.

But for example, I know for a fact that courts in America decided that users of cordless phones did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 07:53 PM
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8. I don't think the law cares about how easy it is to break in
just because you leave your front door open that doesn't mean I have a right to walk in to your house. But yes, extremely dumb to have open wireless networks.
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