> Like I said before, legislation should outlaw the poor
> protocols and leave locking out the bad guys to the technologists.
Isn't that a discussion from 10 years ago, and would also say that email spam is okay, as long as the mail protocol is flawed?
But G did not crack any wifi, they just grabbed data transmitted openly by unprotected wifis. It may be ethically questionable (and G actually questioned it themselves) but not illegal.
There are tons of companies that collect wifi names to build GPS like location services based on the wifis around, that is nothing tragic. G was just smart enough to do the same, since they had their street view cars driving around anyways.
But its nice that this gets so much publicity, maybe it helps more people to actually take care of their wifi setup.