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A dissection of Google's Wi-Fi sniffing debacle. Google's public version of events of how it came to secretly intercept Americans' data sent on unencrypted Wi-Fi routers over a two-year period doesn't quite mesh with what the search giant told federal regulators.

A dissection of Google's Wi-Fi sniffing debacle

If Google had its way, the public would have never learnt that the software on Google's Street View mapping cars was "intended" to collect payload data from open Wi-Fi networks. A Federal Communications Commission document disclosed 28 April showed for the first time that the software in Google's Street View mapping cars was "intended" to collect Wi-Fi payload data, and that engineers had even transferred the data to an Oregon Storage facility. A Street View of Private and the Public. Prashant Iyengar on how in the eyes of the law, the internet giant is like the homeless in India.

A Street View of Private and the Public

This article was published by Tehelka on June 4, 2011. However, this technology has also raised interesting privacy concerns in countries where it has previously been launched. In April 2008, shortly after the service was first launched in the US, Google was sued by a couple who objected to the pictures of their home being publicly displayed. This suit was settled out-of-court two years later.

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Google engeneer identified. Google Staff Knew Of WiFi Snooping, Report Says. 30 April 2012Last updated at 04:17 ET The data was collected by Google's Street View car between 2008 and 2010 The Google engineer who wrote a program that collected personal data from wi-fi networks told at least two other colleagues, a report has revealed.

Google Staff Knew Of WiFi Snooping, Report Says

Google Says It Mistakenly Collected Data on Web Usage.

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CNET SV cars grabbed locations of phones,PC' Google SV Switzerland. Google SV South Korea. U.S., European regulators do not share Google Street View concerns. As recently reported by the Washington Post and others, the FTC has ended an inquiry into privacy concerns over Google's Street View service after Google pledged to stop gathering email, passwords, and other information from residential WiFi networks as its Street View cars creep through neighborhoods with computers on and cameras rolling.

U.S., European regulators do not share Google Street View concerns

For some background on the issue, here is a timeline of related events and announcements:

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Google Explains Its Street View Wi-Fi Gathering Operation - Wi-F. Google's global privacy counsel provides a detailed explanation about what data Street View gathers, including Wi-Fi signal information: As I wrote about last week, Germany's data privacy commissioner raised an alarm at Google scanning and recording data about Wi-Fi networks as it drives around snapping Street View pictures.

Google Explains Its Street View Wi-Fi Gathering Operation - Wi-F

The commissioner is off base in stating that publicly identifiable information is being grabbed, but perhaps it's better that a privacy czar errs on the side of the public at times. Google's corporate counterpart to that commissioner, Peter Fleischer, penned a blog entry in which he explains in excruciating detail precisely what data is being collected in what fashion. He writes, in response to the ersatz question, "Is it, as the German DPA states, illegal to collect WiFi network information? " Google letter to lawmakers says "sorry" for Wi-Fi breach, downpl. Submitted: June 11, 2010 - 8:27am Last updated: June 11, 2010 - 8:28am Location: Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States Google is determined to "learn all the lessons we can" from a major privacy breach in which it may have collected users' personal information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, the company said in a letter to House Commerce Committee leaders on June 8.

Google letter to lawmakers says "sorry" for Wi-Fi breach, downpl

Google sought to downplay the danger of the breach in response to a list of questions in late May from Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member Joe Barton (R-TX), and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA). Google letter to lawmakers: 'Sorry' for Wi-Fi breach, downplays. Google is determined to "learn all the lessons we can" from a major privacy breach in which it may have collected users' personal information from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, the company said in a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on Wednesday. In a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill, Google sought to downplay the danger of the breach in response to a list of questions in late May from committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). The Internet giant owned up to the error while seeking to ease concerns about any harms it had caused, noting that the breach arose while it was systematically collecting Wi-Fi network information.

This practice led it to mistakenly grab data running over those networks, it said. "In retrospect, it is clear there should have been greater transparency about the collection of this data," Google said of its Wi-Fi collection program.

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Google SV Italy. Google SV Germany. Google SV France. Google SV UK. Google SV Canada. Google SV Czeck. StreetView passed by Kiwi cops. High performance access to file storage Police in New Zealand have bounced a complaint about Google's StreetView service back to the country's Privacy Commissioner.

StreetView passed by Kiwi cops

The Privacy Commissioner formally referred StreetView's unauthorised collection of Wi-Fi data to the police in June so cops could decide whether a crime had been committed. Police said there was no evidence a crime had been committed. Tech - 'Evil' Eric Schmidt Debuts in Video Targeting Google Privacy - Wired News. Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses. Related to: Google Street View Under Fire for Privacy in Germany. Google Street View Under Fire for Privacy in Germanywww.ubergizmo.com | discovered: Thu Aug 12 00:09:00 2010 | published: Thu Aug 12 00:39:16 2010 Google Gives Advertisers Direct Line to DirecTV [Voices]voices.allthingsd.com | discovered: Wed Aug 11 22:19:00 2010 | published: Wed Aug 11 21:55:06 2010 Android Now Outselling iOS?

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Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses. High performance access to file storage Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number.

Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along. Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" by the discovery. Google drive-by data scooping: updated. Caparsons's streetview Bookmarks on Delicious. Street View under fire for Wi-Fi hotspot snooping.

By Hani Megerisi Posted on 23 Apr 2010 at 11:15 Google’s Street View car has come under fire collecting data on private Wi-Fi networks.

Street View under fire for Wi-Fi hotspot snooping

As well as taking photographs for Google Map, the Street View car is also collecting users’ unique MAC (Media Access Control) addresses. This information could be potentially used by services such as Twitter so that it can identify where a tweet has come from. Data collected by Google cars. WiFi networks broadcast information that identifies the network and how that network operates. That includes SSID data (i.e. the network name) and MAC address (a unique number given to a device like a WiFi router). Networks also send information to other computers that are using the network, called payload data, but Google does not collect or store payload data. . * Google Says It Mistakenly Collected Data on Web Usage. WiFi data collection: an update. Posted by Alan Eustace, Senior VP, Engineering & Research (cross-posted from the Official Google Blog) Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location-based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions.

His request prompted us to re-examine everything we have been collecting, and during our review we discovered that a statement made in a blog post on April 27 was incorrect. In that blog post, and in a technical note sent to data protection authorities the same day, we said that while Google did collect publicly broadcast SSID information (the WiFi network name) and MAC addresses (the unique number given to a device like a WiFi router) using Street View cars, we did not collect payload data (information sent over the network).

Uncil staff helping selves to data. High performance access to file storage Official claims that "your data is safe with us" suffered another body blow at the weekend with revelations of a dramatic rise in hacking of the UK’s tax and benefit mega-database by council staff. In most cases, councils appear to have concluded that the appropriate penalty for such unlawful prying into personal lives has been nothing more than a slap on the wrist. On Google Street View Car Logging Wifi Networks... (Google Blogo. Google Wi-Fi Audit Proves Criminal Intent, Says Privacy Group - The results of a third-party audit of Google’s Wi-Fi sniffing code have been released. The audit shows that the Google software did indeed store unprotected payload data from Wi-Fi networks.

This, Privacy International, an advocacy group from the UK, says, is proof that Google had “criminal” intent in collecting the data that it claims is enough for a court to pursue charges against the company. However, Google had already acknowledged all of the findings in the report. Google explains why Street View cars record Wi-Fi data. Can privacy, social media and business get along? - Tamar Weinbe. Google Sued for Scooping Up Wi-Fi Data. Newton ISP sues Google over Mass. WiFi customer privacy - Mass H. FastCompany.com - Where ideas and people meet.

Privacy in Peril: Lawyers, Nations Clamor for Google Wi-Fi Data. An open letter to EU privacy commissioners regarding deletion of. Google’s Data Collection Angers European Officials.

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