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Revelations in a technical audit of a program Google used to scoop up personal information could see the company prosecuted in dozens of countries, a British privacy organisation says.

The audit, by the US digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg, came as New Zealand asked police to investigate the potential privacy breach.

Google is under fire in North America, Europe and Australasia after collecting 600 gigabytes of data from unsecured wireless internet connections in as many as 30 countries while taking photographs for its map function, Street View.
600 gb my god.

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/...0610-y0mt.html
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Whoa. 600GB? (That's just under the size of my pr0n folder, speaking seriously) I now retract what I've posted in the other threads about this. If those 600GB are actually files that Google could open and view, they definitely deserve a hard beating.
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I don't get what the big deal is... It isn't like Google is going to use that information to hurt anyone, and they wouldn't ever sell it to anyone either. How do I know this? Google is smart, and they'd never tear down their empire for spare cash.

Maybe the US government is in on it, and paid Google to collect that data xD.
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Eh...600GB sounds big, but spanned over 30 countries, just traveling USA alone could easily collect that much data that could still be useless. If we had details as to what the different kinds of data was then we can start to jump on Google or not, until then I will wait on getting upset with the best company
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Eh...600GB sounds big, but spanned over 30 countries, just traveling USA alone could easily collect that much data that could still be useless. If we had details as to what the different kinds of data was then we can start to jump on Google or not, until then I will wait on getting upset with the best company
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Eh...600GB sounds big, but spanned over 30 countries, just traveling USA alone could easily collect that much data that could still be useless. If we had details as to what the different kinds of data was then we can start to jump on Google or not, until then I will wait on getting upset with the best company
This is what I was thinking. 600GB is a lot for a small area, but over 30 countries, how much per person is that really..
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This is what I was thinking. 600GB is a lot for a small area, but over 30 countries, how much per person is that really..
True. Say 5 million homes, that's .12MB per home...
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post #8 of 17
The amount of data collected is almost irrelevant. The fact that they were collecting at all is what the problem is. It would be one thing if some random individual were doing this, but this is Google - They know better.

Imagine the government doing this sort of thing. Can you imagine the freakin' outrage? Fortunately for you and I in the US, it's extremely illegal for the government to conduct such acts (and spare me the patriot act talk).

Google's mission in life is to collect data on everyone and everything. They crossed a serious line here people. It's not some whoopidy-doo thing.
 
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They got on open wi-fi networks... they did not hack or do anything illigial did they?? A random stranger in a van could do this, its the faults of those who had open/unsecured wi-fi.
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They got on open wi-fi networks... they did not hack or do anything illigial did they?? A random stranger in a van could do this, its the faults of those who had open/unsecured wi-fi.
So because it was easier to do it, then it's ok? What kind of logic is that? If we're talking just the SSID then ok. But if they were actually collecting information off the networks they should be punished. Why make an excuse for google to tap into your information that should be private?
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