Demaestro - 3:47 pm on May 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Open does not mean it's available for anyone to use. We should have a reasonable expectation of privacy, Google's trampling all over that.
Open means open, every wireless router has extensive warnings about not encrypting your network. You have no reasonable expectation of privacy if you broadcast your information unencrypted outside your property.
Your argument isn't that far off from the ones used by people that hack satellite TV. They're beaming the signal into my backyard, I can do whatever I want with it. Actually, you can't.
Actually you can if it isn't encrypted, what you can't do is decrypt or attempt to decrypt the signal.
If you have an open signal and that isn't decrypted and I am on my property or public property I can tap that signal. The laws deal with cracking an encryption.... well not in Germany I guess, but I know where I live that is the law when dealing with satellite signals.