Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd May 2010 21:18 UTC
Google This issue kind of fell by the wayside in all the WebM and Android violence, but apart from the cool things Google did this past week, they've also done something really bad. They claim it's a mistake, but the company has collected 600GB of data from open personal wireless networks in 33 countries through its Street View cars, prompting several countries to initiate official investigations into the search giant.
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RE[3]: geolocation
by Laurence on Sun 23rd May 2010 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: geolocation"
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I don't know where you're located, but in a lot of the US there are a hell of a lot of unsecured networks. Most of the time they're put there by the cable or DSL providers and the home users never touch them. The worst of it is, when I tell them they should secure it, they always ask "why?".
Personally, I'm of the belief that if you don't care enough to lock down your network you deserve to get sniffed. You're asking for it. If it's a deliberately public Wifi hotspot, then know that you are wide open and can be sniffed and accept the fact.
I agree with the rest of your points. Wow, Google might've accidentally seen someone's twitter postings. Big deal. The really important stuff is locked behind SSL anyway. Still, I don't see any harm in investigating it. I think, in this case, this was probably an honest error, but by all means look into it. It's a pity the governments seem to be doing their job in this case but some of them (US) don't do crap when it comes to real violent crime.

Interesting to hear about the state of things in the US. I'm from the UK and the ISP routers seem to be fairly good at defaulting to secured networks (at least the ISPs I've been exposed to). But this is purely my own anecdotal experience.

I do see myself agreeing with your post though.
Did Google intend to save eavesdropped packets on unsecured WiFi connections? I doubt it.
Should Google be investigated over this? Absolutely!

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