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[5]: Permission
by looncraz on Sun 23rd May 2010 21:20 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Permission"
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... regardless of whatever expectations you may or may not have on the future of your belongins, the nature of your rights upon it remains untouched.



As soon as you leave your belongings unattended, or your information unsecured, it becomes, BY LAW, abandoned - unless it is protected by other laws ( trespass, spying, or what-have-you ).

At that point of neglect, you have forfeited your rights to said property or information.

If you accidentally e-mail everyone in your company a copy of your just-finished book, but meant to only send it to the publisher, all those other people have a free copy. You have not right to take that copy from them, because you forfeited that right. However, you still retain the copyright.

If you leave $500 in a public place, unprotected, and someone takes the money, they now own the money. You have no right to reclaim that money.

In these cases you neglected the security of your data or belongings, and therefore forfeited your rights upon them.

The same goes for unsecured wireless networks. Here, you are actually BROADCASTING your data to anyone who can listen. If you make an attempt to secure that data, it is illegal for someone to even TRY to obtain that data.

You have to realize that you had to do something to provide access in the first place - once access is provided, it is up to YOU to protect your data / belongings.

In one case you upload your data to everyone.

The next case, you leave your money unattended in an insecure location.

In the final case, you BROADCAST your data to a large area in an insecure manner.

In all three cases, you gave up your rights.

--The loon

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