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Google is Being Pressed To Reveal More Info Over WiFi Gathering

 2:48 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

Google is Being Pressed To Reveal More Info Over WiFi Gathering [bbc.co.uk]
Google is being pressed to name the engineers who wrote code that captured personal data from unsecured wi-fi networks.

Google's Street View cars collected this data while taking photographs and gathering location data to create the search giant's imaging service.

The call to name the coders came from the coalition of 38 US states investigating the privacy breach.

It also wants to know if Google tested the wi-fi code before it was used.

"Google must come completely clean, fully explaining how this invasion of personal privacy happened and why," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who heads the 38-strong coalition investigating whether the search giant broke US law.



 3:23 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is also mentioned on SC Magazine...

Things seem to be heating up for Google now that lay people are starting to have a clue about what they are doing.


 3:53 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

could be nasty as Google used Kismet which is a open source tool so lots of people will have had a hand in the snooping code.

I'm sure Rob Halfon will change his mind when phorm start offering non exec positions arround.


 4:58 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

As long as Google keeps paying those Adsense checks, its defenders will tolerate any censorship (China), espionage, or Big Brother type behavior.

Right now, most Attorney General's don't believe Google's claims that they did not know their mapping vehicles were sucking up private information.

The states' new line of questioning aims to corner Google on whether it knew the software had data collection capabilities before the company began using the programs. The states asked Google if it had tested the software.

“If Google tested this software, it should have known all along that [it] snared and collected confidential data from homes across America,” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is leading the probe, said in a statement on Wednesday.


 5:06 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

Blumenthal said, "We are asking Google to identify specific individuals responsible for the snooping code and how Google was unaware that this code allowed the Street View cars to collect data broadcast over WiFi networks." "Information we are awaiting includes how the spy software was included in Google's Street View network and specific locations where unauthorised data collection occurred."


 7:48 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

yeah but remember this was all an "accident". Nothing intentional.

*rolls eyes*


 11:35 pm on Jul 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

What's amazing to me is it took them 3 or 4 years to notice... Really? No one once said, 'Hey, we seem to be using more storage than we should...', no one ever once checked to see what was on the hard drives? For years they didn't know this was going on and being recorded...

The 'accidental, didn't know' story doesn't pass the sniff test to me.


 9:34 am on Jul 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

Does anyone believe this was an accident?

Anyone involved in software development knows that it is impossible to build in a feature like this by accident. They are lying full stop.


 4:08 pm on Jul 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I don't believe this was an accident. How do you accidently put a wifi radio on your streetview cars and how do you accidently sniff and capture packets.

A: you don't, they knew exactly what they were doing.


 4:40 pm on Jul 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

what got my goat was that there was a bbc article on this story about a month or so ago and they said, paraphrasing, "after Google accidentally collected data on wi-fi networks while collecting Street View images". Pretty much the dumbest thing I've ever read on the BBC.

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