Hugene - 9:01 pm on Jun 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm no G-hater, and at the same time I understand and see-through the corporate lies. Obviously, the wireless traffic data was no "mistake". You got to be a fool to believe that.
But the ethical question is complicated. A lot of geographical data is already available, and with geo-location being built-in the HTML 5 standard (and already supported by Firefox and other browsers), your geographical location will soon be available to all. Also, GPS and wireless-tower triangulation already feed geolocation data from wireless devices.
To top it all, if your home wi-fi is open, then all and anyone has access to it.
Still, I think G should be punished for this. All geo-data collection should be opt-in.
But it doesn't stop there; G is not the ultimate target here. Protection of your privacy is the ultimate target and the fight should be larger and longer than G sniffing of 14 of your open wi-fi packets.