Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google fined $7M for wifi snooping Street View cars that intercepted emails

Google has been fined a hefty sum of $7 M o settle a multi-state US investigation into a software snooping program that the firm admitted was on its Street View mapping cars.
How Google's Street View works 

The software enabled the search giant to intercept emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over unprotected wireless networks in neighborhoods across the world.

The agreement covers 38 states and the District of Columbia, part of the area where households and local merchants unwittingly had some of their communications on Wi-Fi networks snatched by Google from early 2008 until the spring of 2010.

Google stopped the data collection in May 2010, shortly before the company revealed cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been grabbing information transmitted over Wi-Fi networks that had been set up in homes and businesses without requiring a password to gain access.

The company blamed the intrusion on a rogue engineer who rigged a data-collection program into equipment that was supposed to only detect basic information about local Wi-Fi networks to help plot the locations of people using its mapping service and other products.

Read more about it at: Mail Online


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