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Data Harvesting at Google Not a Rogue Act, Report Finds

     

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9:37 pm on Apr 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Remember the Google apologists claiming that Google only innocently vacuumed up emails and Wifi data during it's Google Street View intelligence gathering activities?


"SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s harvesting of e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting households in the United States and around the world was neither a mistake nor the work of a rogue engineer, as the company long maintained, but a program that supervisors knew about, according to new details from the full text of a regulatory report.


The so-called payload data was secretly collected between 2007 and 2010 as part of Street View


Google has portrayed it as the mistakes of an unauthorized engineer operating on his own and stressed that the data was never used in any Google product.

The report, quoting the engineer’s original proposal, gives a somewhat different impression. The data, the engineer wrote, would “be analyzed offline for use in other initiatives.”


“Google’s rogue engineer scenario collapses in light of the fact that others were aware of the project and did not object,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.


[nytimes.com...]

Leosghost

10:43 pm on Apr 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Interesting read..

thanks :)..

BeeDeeDubbleU

7:50 am on Apr 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Shocking disregard for ethics!

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superclown2

6:17 pm on Apr 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Shocking disregard for ethics!


Never mind ethics. Isn't this illegal?
 

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