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Google Street View WiFi Appears To Have Collected Email and Passwords

 3:10 am on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google's Street View Wi-Fi data included passwords, email | Networking - InfoWorld [infoworld.com]
At the time, Google said it only collected "fragments" of personal Web traffic as it passed by, because its Wi-Fi equipment automatically changes channels five times a second. However, with Wi-Fi networks operating at up to 54Mbps, it always seemed likely that those one-fifth of a second recordings would contain more than just "fragments" of personal data.

That has now been confirmed by CNIL, which since June 4 has been examining Wi-Fi traffic and other data provided by Google on two hard disks and over a secure data connection to its servers.

"It's still too early to say what will happen as a result of this investigation," CNIL said Thursday.

"However, we can already state that [...] Google did indeed record email access passwords [and] extracts of the content of email messages," CNIL said.

... according to the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL)

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 4:29 pm on Jun 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

saw an amusing thing in the news today, about those 10 russian spies that they just caught in the States.

apparently one of their tricks was to sit with their laptop in Starbucks and transmit all their stuff by wifi to the Russian diplomat's car as he drove past.

that shows you how much data it's possible to collect when you drive past. maybe the russians will use google's excuse and say they only managed to scoop up fragments.


 6:08 pm on Jun 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

fauxsoup said
I'm not asking for an example, I'm asking for a legal definition.

How about this...
The DPA defines personal data as "data which relate to a living individual who can be identified (a) from those data, or (b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller, and includes...

"When considering identifiability it should be assumed that you are not looking just at the means reasonably likely to be used by the ordinary man in the street, but also the means that are likely to be used by a determined person with a particular reason to want to identify individuals," the ICO said. "Examples would include investigative journalists, estranged partners, stalkers, or industrial spies."
DPA = Data Protection Act

I must admit I was surprised that it's ok to hold personal information about dead people, but I'm guessing that google wasn't sniffing ghostly email traffic so I don't think that let's them off the hook.

So, I trust you'll be eating humble pie rather than asking stupid questions from now on - after all, a smart guy like you should be able to find the answers without asking me to your work for you!



 1:33 am on Jul 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

I wonder how this plays into the overall scheme of things, including how much information transmitted is considered 'fair game to the public'? It seems with cities and beaches providing WiFi connections the law makers may see fit to say it's off-limits to record it or reuse it in any way, but IDK. (If not I'd expect to see a Google car parked within range all day...)

Where to Catch Some Wi-Fi Waves [wired.com]


 10:05 am on Jul 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

chairperson of the intelligence sub committee for the US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and perhaps the wealthiest member of congress - stupid or ignorant?

brotherhood of LAN

 1:44 am on Aug 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

Nothing new to those who have already thought it through, but a thought experiment has indicated how someone could track you down to within 9 metres using a Google database containing this data.

Web attack knows where you live [bbc.co.uk]

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