Brett_Tabke - 3:07 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
>I am concerned that some in here seem to be minimising this situation.
I'll be the first to pick up stones to throw if Google is way in the wrong (like they were with the Buzz fiasco)
> What they did was illegal
Bad laws are just that - bad laws. Ignorance of those laws is no defense. However, when laws are straight out of SciFi flicks (check [izurl.com...] ) then I think a little latitude is in order.
Now, if someone can show me that they had ill intentions with the data or what they were doing was in any way for nefarious purposes, I'll glady join the bashers. It appears to me, Google was innocent with good intentions this time. The wifi program wasn't about sniffing data and using it for evil purposes - it was for building exactly what they wanted to build - a map of wifi networks around the world.
> They know they did wrong even and
> they are well aware of the implications.
Sure after the fact. I think I speak for the other 90% of america that didn't know laws were so dracoian over there. We thought West Germany won the cold war. Our bad.
If you can't "listen" to air waves like Google - do you have to have some sort of license to own a radio? How do you watch TV? Both of which come over air waves - just like wifi. So if you own a DVR or a VCR - are you breaking the law by recording airwaves?