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Honestly... These people care so much about their privacy that they don't even bother to secure their own networks. I mean sure, Google messed up, but it's the people that setup those networks fault.
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post #12 of 26
If your wifi is open do you really have the right to whine and complain about it being recorded?
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Today: france sues google,
Tomorrow: france disappears from google
The day after: people still dont care
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Here is part of why they were collecting that information.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3...olocation-work

HTML5 Geo-locating

Google has a database of the location of all wireless devices and using MAC addresses of visible network devices is able to figure out much better then IP address alone where u are.

another company that does this is https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...yhook_Wireless
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post #15 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by FallenFaux View Post
Honestly... These people care so much about their privacy that they don't even bother to secure their own networks. I mean sure, Google messed up, but it's the people that setup those networks fault.
No it's not. Just because you leave your door to your home unlocked doesn't mean that Google or anyone else has the right to walk in and take whatever they want.

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Originally Posted by bavarianblessed View Post
If your wifi is open do you really have the right to whine and complain about it being recorded?
Yes.
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post #16 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blk View Post
Pocket change for Google.
I came here to post these exact words. Google probably chuckled at the fine.
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post #17 of 26
Who freaking cares if google has this info? I surely don't Google can have or take whatever they want as far as I am concerned. They are bettering the web and making it more useable than ever. Who objects to them collecting information to do this? I surely don't
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post #18 of 26
If your wireless internet is not secure and people use that information for criminal activity then the homeowner (or rather, the one paying for internet from the ISP), is liable. So if they left it open, why do they get some bread and butter instead of a fine as well? It's their own fault for being careless...
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post #19 of 26
Wow, I'm amazed some of you aren't criminals.

"Well, it's their fault they left it out so why am I being charged with theft? All I did was take it. You should charge them with being stupid."
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post #20 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by hyujmn View Post
Wow, I'm amazed some of you aren't criminals.

"Well, it's their fault they left it out so why am I being charged with theft? All I did was take it. You should charge them with being stupid."
Except in this case you don't actually take anything. Picking up unencrypted public wifi data is no different (ethically) than listening to someone's private conversation in a park. Well in Google's case they were systematically harvesting the data, so in that case I suppose it would be more like installing a sound amplifier in a park and collecting all public conversations for later review, which is a bit more sinister.

The fine was a tiny amount of money, it basically meant "some people are idiots and send bank information 360 degrees in unencrypted form, please try to ignore them".
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