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Ending a major battle over its collection of data over unsecured wireless networks while operating a fleet of vehicles for its Street View mapping service, Google received a letter from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it had closed its investigation after the Internet giant pledged to strengthen privacy controls.
The agency also said the Mountain View, Calif., company agreed not to use the data it says it inadvertently collected, according to a letter from David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, to Albert Gidari, a Google attorney.
Google will not face any fines in the U.S. but is still subject to investigations elsewhere in the world.
If people broadcast insecure data it's fair game, must not be private in the first place.
that's like saying its OK to walk up and inventory the contents of my car or home,
I get it... secure the network. I secure my own.
I think that it is legally ok
but until they do something with the data that is offensive
Nobody needs to tell me that if I leave the blinds open, I might be seen walking around in my underwear, but where I live, its against the law for them to bust out the binoculars and watch me from the street, since I have a reasonable expectation of privacy in my own home.
Whatever happened to "Opt-In"?
It doesn't happen by default.
Cmon man... that's like saying its OK to walk up and inventory the contents of my car or home, simply because I didn't tint the windows and lock the doors.