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Google also agreed to destroy all of this data collected in the U.S.

Google is finally settling a three-year investigation this week into a Wi-Fi incident that occurred when compiling data for its mapping service.

Google's Street View mapping cars had accidentally collected personal data, such as home wireless network passwords, between 2008 and 2010. The cars were out collecting images and data for the Street View mapping system in Google Maps, and were using an experimental computer code in the cars' software while doing so. This led to the accidental collection of personal data.


The settlement orders that Google split $7 million among 38 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia, which were involved in the incident. Google also agreed to destroy all of this data collected in the U.S. (it's still working things out with European countries, where the same incident occurred).

Google will also deploy employee education programs that fill them in about user privacy, and will also launch a campaign about protecting information on wireless networks.

While Google has now been punished for its incident, some are not happy with the amount of the fine. For instance, Steve Pociask, the president of the American Consumer Institute, said that $7 million is nothing to a huge tech company like Google and likely won't ward off any further intrusions of privacy.

Google had a revenue of $50.2 billion in 2012 and $10.7 billion in net income.

Source: Reuters



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stealing wifi passwords?
By yofa42 on 3/13/2013 11:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
Google's Street View mapping cars had accidentally collected personal data, such as home wireless network passwords, between 2008 and 2010.

i don't think that's right. it was just big data google doing big data activities, which included downloading everything that was made openly available. but not by breaking into secured wireless networks. it just downloaded everything available from open, unsecured wi-fi networks.

still wrong, don't get me twisted. but it's the difference between rape and having consensual relations with an obviously drunk individual.




RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By Nortel on 3/13/2013 11:46:12 AM , Rating: 1
Let me sit down and accidentally write code to:
quote:
collect personal data, such as home wireless network passwords, etc..


Yea, right... accidental.


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By Souka on 3/13/2013 12:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
How does one download a wireless network password?

Does download = hack to obtain the passcode?


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/13/2013 12:05:47 PM , Rating: 3
He is an idiot and obviously has no clue what he is talking about. Best just to ignore Nortroll.


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By RufusM on 3/14/2013 11:12:45 AM , Rating: 1
Here's what happened as I understand it:

Google's code was designed to capture 250KB of data when it communicated with each WiFi router for the purposes of matching GPS coordinates with the WiFi location. In some cases, unsecured WiFi routers allowed them to capture some unsecured information such as passwords, emails, etc.

Google was ordered to destroy the captured information. They did then communicated it was completed, except it was later found that a Google engineer had kept a number of drive backups, so they really didn't comply with the data destruction order which is what got them the large fine.


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By Trisped on 3/13/2013 4:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Most home routers do not have a secure log in page. If the owner logs into the router using their open (unsecured) WiFi then anyone within range can record both the username and password sent to the router.

Note: logging into your router is different then entering the network security key. You enter the network security key the first time you connect to your secured wireless network. You log into the router when you want to change a configuration setting, like forwarding a port or changing the network security key.


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By ShaolinSoccer on 3/14/2013 12:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
Most people who are using unsecured wireless routers never bothered to log into their router to change any settings and probably never will. All they did was plug in the router, turn on their laptop and connected to it. There are lots of people who do this unfortunately. All companies that make wireless routers should include something that screams "You MUST secure your router or your data WILL be compromised!".


RE: stealing wifi passwords?
By sprockkets on 3/13/2013 6:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't think so either, but Google themselves said they picked up passwords.

Obviously they were not encrypted. Any site that is secure would encrypt those kind of things, like banks. Email providers in the past didn't require that.


By inperfectdarkness on 3/14/2013 3:55:34 AM , Rating: 2
7m is sofa change for google. some "punishment".


Is there such a thing
By Ammohunt on 3/13/2013 11:39:04 AM , Rating: 2
As being too informed? My address and license plate numbers are freely visible to anyone driving by my house and if I were foolish to run an open wireless access point that as well. It seems to me that the above information only becomes a problem when is collected and made available to everyone on the earth.




RE: Is there such a thing
By NellyFromMA on 3/13/2013 1:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have to take it a step further. A better analogy would be if people drove passed your house, took pictures including that of your cars and plates, and then did that for every house on your street and neighborhood, city, state...

You could argue either way on whether its an actionable offense or not at that level but now an entity could reconstruct a database and do WHO KNOWS WHAT with information that was never meant to be public in the first place.

It's not the individual incidents, its the collection of this information for purposes it was not intended for.


RE: Is there such a thing
By sprockkets on 3/13/2013 2:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think you have to take it a step further. A better analogy would be if people drove passed your house, took pictures including that of your cars and plates, and then did that for every house on your street and neighborhood, city, state...


People already have the means to do this, legally. Tow truck companies can use the same systems the police do to scan every vehicle going by to see if it a repo. They then will legally tow that vehicle away. One such person said even with the system costing thousands of dollars it has more than paid itself many times with the profit he gets.


RE: Is there such a thing
By Trisped on 3/13/2013 5:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think you have to take it a step further. A better analogy would be if people drove passed your house, took pictures including that of your cars and plates, and then did that for every house on your street and neighborhood, city, state...
That analogy would work if you also included the fact that all the home owners were given black plastic and poles to obscure the view of those passing by.

The fact is that all wireless routers of the time had at least WEP level security built in. If the users really cared about their privacy they would have either secured the network or used a wired connection instead of broadcasting it so anyone within range could get it.


LOL
By NellyFromMA on 3/13/2013 12:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
7 mil to the fed to be divied up to the states. Yeah, I'm sure Google could really care less with its 100+mil a day income.

When do we actually INCONVENIENCE the violator? This is like the 3rd slap on the wrist. Amazing really.




RE: LOL
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/2013 1:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah they collected public information that anyone walking around with a cell phone or tablet was privy to. Clearly Google should have been fined bazillions of dollars and thrown in the stockades!!

You haters are funny. Just...funny.


RE: LOL
By sprockkets on 3/13/2013 2:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't even an official investigation. It was the stupid DA of CT who was "outraged" about the incident and got 30 other states involved and demanded the information gathered. Google refused, since it was not a lawsuit.

Even when the FCC cleared google of any wrong doing, these f tards wouldn't shut up. Google paid them $7 million to these idiots to move on.


Fine
By Chadder007 on 3/13/2013 11:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm more interested in what the Government is going to do with that 7 million dollars. Lawyers, Investigator Fees, Pet Projects for Senators?




By bobcpg on 3/13/2013 11:32:45 AM , Rating: 2
says Google




Double Standard much?
By Salisme on 3/13/2013 3:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
When do we get to sue the government for snooping on us?




Punishment
By rountad on 3/13/2013 5:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
Shouldn't it fit the crime and not the bank account of the punished?

From each according to his ability... :-\




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