Google Wi-Fi snoop not an accident


June 11, 2010

It was recently revealed that Google managed to collect details of private Wi-Fi data from homes as its cars were driving around the UK, supposedly for Google Street View.

Google has claimed that this was done by complete accident and yet details of network names, MAC addresses and even information of what was being sent and received over the networks were collected.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) took Google’s word for it and decided not to investigate.

Yet Simon Davies, the director of Privacy International, claims that Google could be misleading the regulator because it is unbelievable that this could have been done by mistake.

He also claims that it is naive of the ICO to accept Google’s explanation.

Google has responded by saying that it was a genuine mistake and that Privacy International is unfairly targeting Google.






 

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