Google said it would have been of little help to U.S. regulators to give them access to the engineer who wrote a computer program that let its Street View cars collect emails, passwords and other personal data from people's home wireless networks.
"The fact that the engineer was legally unavailable did not leave any significant factual questions unanswered," Google wrote in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau on Thursday.
6:15 pm on Apr 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
give them access to the engineer <snip> The fact that the engineer was legally unavailable
They've got him stashed in a hideaway in the Bahamas?
Incidentally, Street View is way cool-- until the moment you turn a corner and say Oi! That's my house!
7:06 pm on Apr 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
I hadn't heard about the collection of emails, passwords and personal data from home wireless networks. I thought they just strapped a camera on a car and drove around.
Seems like the potential to gather this type of information would have been a red flag at Google, and steps would have been taken from day one to make sure the program wouldn't operate in that manner.
2:56 pm on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
There is what people can do and there is what people should do. This technology will definitely get abused if released. i can see both sides of the coin on this one, and both make me uncomfortable.