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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

Don't Let Google Intercept Your Wireless Data
Google Street View cars surreptitiously intercepted wireless network data for years. Simple security measures can prevent your data from being snooped.

By Charles Ripley, Content Works Apr 30, 2012 6:54 AM

Google has been in some hot water for a couple years now regarding revelations that its Street View cars traveling the highways and back streets around the world were collecting more than Street View images. Google also intercepted wireless network data, but the reality is that Google only captured wireless data that wasn?t properly protected in the first place.

Google has changed its story a number of times since the report first broke. First it claimed it only collected SSIDs and MAC addresses. Then it conceded that actual data was intercepted, but that a rogue Google engineer was responsible. New information illustrates that Google was aware that data was being collected for years before the activity was uncovered.

The FCC has been investigating, and recently fined Google $25,000 for the incident. In its report, the FCC concludes, ?For more than two years, Google's Street View cars collected names, addresses, telephone numbers, URLs, passwords, e-mail, text messages, medical records, video and audio files, and other information from Internet users in the United States."

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