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Oregon court orders Google to turn over collected data from U.S.

Google has been accused on several occasions of being a monopoly and abusing its dominant position in the online search and advertising markets. So far, the company has escaped major investigations into its practices, but that may soon change.

Google announced in mid-May that it had discovered after a German regulatory authority asked for an audit of its data collection practices that it had accidentally captured Wi-Fi payload data. Google admits its Street View fleet captures SSID and MAC address data from protected Wi-Fi networks. Google still maintains that it captured the data accidentally and has not used the data in any Google products.

Later in May, a suit was filed against Google for capturing data from unprotected Wi-Fi networks in a Portland, Oregon court. 
Reuters reported that here have now been suits filed in courts in Washington D.C., California, and Massachusetts as well. On top of the suits pending against Google, the FTC has started an informal inquiry into the issue and today, Canada has announced that it is looking into the issue with an official investigation.

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that she was concerned about the implications for privacy and that the only way to answer the lingering questions was to launch an investigation.

Stoddart said, "We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened. We've determined that an investigation is the best way to find the answers."

Google still plans to cooperate fully with authorities in all countries where the WiFi data was captured. The suit filed in Oregon has lead to the court presiding over the case asking Google to make two copies of the data captured in the U.S. and turn them over to the court.

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How do you accidently record WI-FI payload data?
By Looey on 6/2/2010 1:06:18 PM , Rating: 4
"Google announced in mid-May that it had discovered after a German regulatory authority asked for an audit of its data collection practices that it had accidentally captured Wi-Fi payload data."

I don't think Google is telling the truth. It is impossible to ride around and accidently record WI-FI data. You must have purposely installed the equipment to do it.

By HotFoot on 6/2/2010 1:16:45 PM , Rating: 2
I also can't see how the data would be recorded accidentally. I especially can't see how the data could be saved, in what must be a very large data base, without a coordinated effort.

By GreenEnvt on 6/2/2010 1:20:36 PM , Rating: 4
I believe Google freely admits they were intending to gather SSID's of wireless network (which is why the equipment was in the cars), but they claim they didn't intend to get any actual data from the networks, but somehow did.

By shabby on 6/3/2010 5:26:13 PM , Rating: 2
How can anyone not notice all the gigs and gigs of network data that was collected over a period of couple years? No one can be that dumb and ignorant, especially at google.

By Airjuice on 6/2/2010 1:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
The information they captured is not encrypted at all. It is not any of the actual user data.

Why all the concern?

By Anoxanmore on 6/2/2010 2:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
People are dumb and sent sensitive (or possible) sensitive materials over the unencrypted line.

Not that they should have not expected for it to happen eventually.

By jeepga on 6/2/2010 3:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
A good deal of information you send is not encrypted. That includes most email.

By petrosy on 6/2/2010 7:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
This is a storm in a teacup. So what if Google captured your SSID or MAC info. Its free available.... its the same as Google having picked up the White Pages and looked up your home address. The info is there for all to see.

As for emails being non encrypted... you assume the following
1) Google is camped outside a house at the exact moment you send your email.
2) Google has actually logged on to the Network... ( which most likely is encrypted )
3) Google are sniffing packets
4) The wifi signal is strong enough to be accessed from the road.
5) Everyone else is a retard like yourself and actually have no clue how networks actaully work.

By afkrotch on 6/2/2010 8:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
1) WTF does Google need to camp outside a house to get SSID or MAC info anyways?
2) Don't need to log onto a network to grab data. Inherent flaw of wireless.
3) I'm sure they are, if they grabbed payload data.
4) If they can get SSID/MAC info, they probably have a strong enough signal
5) You might need to read up while your at it too

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