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Google Accused of Breaching Privacy

Google Accused of Breaching Privacy

Added: Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A few days ago the reports were made that Google’s Street View vehicles were for some reason gathering personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.


The allegations were that the search giant was collecting the unique identifying addresses of PCs and mobile phones using Wi-Fi networks which information was logged by the Google’s Street View cars. This story becomes a further privacy problem for the American-based online search giant – the first one emerged after a government audit carried out last year in Germany found out that the company’s Street View vehicles were gathering personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Among the collected data there were phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Last time Google claimed that the data in question had been accidentally collected. In order to show they were concerned, Google promised to initiate strict protocols to prevent a recurrence. However, it now seems that either protocols were not that strict or they weren’t initiated at all, because a few days ago media reported a new privacy lapse that had highlighted another loophole in the search giant’s system.

Normally, Street View vehicles are meant to gather only the locations of wireless access points. This is a commonly used method, employed by the companies to help smart phones find out their location in the conditions when they lack strong cell-phone or GPS signals. However, the other activities of the same vehicles were not so widely used – while recording the above mentioned data, the Street View cars also scooped up the street addresses and unique identifiers of PCs and portable electronic devices that were using those Wi-Fi networks. Moreover, for some reason, this personal data was made available over a publicly accessible database!

Meanwhile, the company has been reported to discontinue such practice by now, and the information that was exposed is no longer publicly available. However, Google refused to provide any comments on the issue.

By the way, Google is not the only company today that is facing privacy problems: it competitor Apple also experiences troubles over its discontinued practice of recording logs revealing the approximate location information of millions of iPhones.

August 4th,2011

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Date:  Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-08-04 19:03:16)
TrojanMouse avatarHow stupid are Google, why do they even need to know the UIDs of PC/Devices accessing a wi-fi network they are going past?

Thanks SaM.

posted by (2011-08-04 22:20:25)
DEMONLORD avatarthey are there only for pictures, not sniffing around in networks, i would fire the drivers of the vehicles

posted by Blocked (2011-08-04 22:56:02)
No avatarthis is life

posted by Blocked (2011-08-05 00:09:28)
menahunie avataranybody ever hear of targeted marketing? This information is a goldmine to those companies...

posted by (2011-08-05 10:26:57)
macbeth avatarsounds like they got bf , the turth is noone is safe anymore

posted by men (2011-08-05 16:07:38)
Slickinator avatari just had one of the google cars come here about a week or so ago so i wonder

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-08-06 10:33:18)
fusseltier avatarthey are doing this again?
they won't stop, they will just wait and do it again, and again...
you can't trust google about or with anything.

demonlord, where have you been? they have already been caught red handed before.
they are not just there for pics, that is their cover story... they are there to gather as much information they can, regardless of what it is or how they do it, and if there is an un-secured wifi, then they will get what they can, since its open, its not illegal.

posted by (2011-08-08 21:57:46)
Darkan9el avatarmaybe we should start sending them royalty requests for this stolen information, because I certainly didn't give my permission to have this information. maybe the law can treat them like they treat most anon joe's and small companies... i.e. guilty until proven innocent.

This isn't an oops situation they have delibrately stolen this info not once but twice at least, I also don't see them deleting it either. Your only a criminal if you're poor, if your poor its a crime, if you have money its called an oversight.

And all these corps wonder why they are getting hacked... its because some people are standing up for the grunts and showing the world how corrupt you all are. Sheeeez!

posted by (2011-08-08 22:00:36)
Darkan9el avatarThe best defence is misinformation and falsities, let them steal junk.

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