TheMadScientist - 7:19 pm on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yeah, the same argument could be used for why it should be legal to listen in on, record, use a mobile phone conversation, because AFAIK it's unencrypted too, but somehow I think you'd take offense at someone doing that, and the reality is most people probably don't know about the WiFi issue, but what Google did is 'essentially the same' thing as listening in on and recording your phone calls, IMO.
Just because something is easy to access doesn't mean it's cool, right, okay, or even legal to access it, record it, use it for your gain.
Your mobile phone is not encrypted either I would guess, so is it a fair argument for me to say you wouldn't mind if someone was listening in on your calls or 'you deserve it' since it's not encrypted, then also recording them, and using them later because it's relatively easy and you obviously don't care too much about your privacy since it's not encrypted?
How about only the e-mails you send and receive with a mobile phone?
Just because data may be available doesn't mean it's right to access it, especially if it's being recorded so it can be used later and be much more easily accessed by others...