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[BBC] Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data

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Google is "almost certain" to face prosecution for collecting data from unsecured wi-fi networks, according to Privacy International (PI).
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10278068.stm

Pitty Google gets shafted when any Tom, Dick or Harry can walk up to a unsecured WiFi network and steal info. It's like leaving a window wide open...
Edited by DataMatrix - 6/9/10 at 11:39am
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If a "person" did this, they would probably be jailed. Can you jail a corporation?
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a person would hardly collect data in such vast amounts like Google did. they also claimed they did it accidentally which is totally ridiculous.
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Looks like Google made it's first big mistake right there.

It was the only big company with a relatively clean record.
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a person would hardly collect data in such vast amounts like Google did. they also claimed they did it accidentally which is totally ridiculous.
True, but what's to stop me wardriving, planting incriminating evidence and calling the police on that person?
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This is equivalent to placing a hard tap and a digital recorder onto a phone wire without consent or authorisation," said PI in a statement.
No its not. It is more like tuning in a CB radio.
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If a "person" did this, they would probably be jailed. Can you jail a corporation?
I think they'll punish Google softly. By fining I think but in amounts that's small to them.
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What exactly does "payload data" mean?
    
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Originally Posted by DataMatrix View Post
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10278068.stm

Pitty Google gets shafted when any tom, dick or harry can walk up to a unsecured WiFi network and steal info. It's like leaving a window wide open...
just cause a window is left wide open doesnt mean you have the right to jump in the window and steal the residents personal data.....
Edited by mz-n10 - 6/9/10 at 11:44am
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This is why you can't trust big corporations. Power corrupts.
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