BeeDeeDubbleU - 6:44 am on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
I would really like to know if there was any usable data whatsoever. I so doubt it. A couple packets here-n-there.
OK fine, Google broke the law. Then isn't every wifi and laptop sniffing phone also breaking the law by definition...
In that light - they were doing a public service.
I am concerned that some in here seem to be minimising this situation. What they did was illegal. I do not know enough about the technical side of this to understand all of the implications of what they have done. The fact that they had to make a groveling apology is enough for me. They know they did wrong even and they are well aware of the implications.
In other areas of business if a company did this the brown stuff would really hit the fan. Google consistently gets away with stuff actions this because (like me) many people do not full understand the implications. We should not minimise or try to defend this in any way, shape or form.
If I steal a penny from a 100 million people they will miss nothing but I will have £1,000,000. That is major theft is it not? Or if I am clever enough to come up with a workable way of doing this will it be OK? No one will be hurt by it after all. ;)