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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Google: Another massive data protection violation.

Google: Another massive data protection violation.

Google: Another massive data protection violation.

Added: Friday, May 25th, 2012
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 specialist in data protection from Germany has made Google reveal all of the informationthat Google have been collecting from millions of German’s while mapping their country with the use the of Google Street car.

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Not only were the cars taking pictures and mapping the streets and surrounding areas but they were also scooping up information from unsecured wireless internet connections.

Google alleged that it was an error with the computer software used and that it included some developmental software unintentionally installed in the street car's computer programming.

The collected data included, Internet search history, Emails, images,
passwords, website postings and more.


Following this information release, at least another 12 countries began questioning the legality of the way the information is secretly gathered, and the content of the information and the proposed use of it, and to date so far no regulating body in the USA has be able to see any of the data Google’s cars have collected from its public.

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This breach of data protection and secret information collection has been reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who did issue Google with a $25,000 fine as Google hindered their investigation into this affair, although the FCC did not find any breach of American laws in the way the information was gathered.



There so far has been no statement issued from Google about this collection of personal information, or who at Google had knowledge of it, and what the intended use of the collected information was to be for, with Google stressing that any collected information was not for use with/for any Google service or product.


By:
Big_A_Little_A
May 25th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, May 25th, 2012



Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2012-05-25 20:12:59)
nasteeheadwound avatarIf thats what they get by just driving past a home....all you IE basher's enjoy your goggle chrome...god knows what may be in there

2
posted by (2012-05-25 21:11:45)
capnmorgan5150 avatarYeah, but this only hurts idiots who don't password protect their wi-fi. Serves them right!

3
posted by Blocked (2012-05-25 21:53:29)
menahunie avatar25,000 fine LMAO given Google's size and the money they have.
What this is is data mining.
Simple way to stop this is secure your wireless networks and if a number of people get pissed off have ordinances and or laws passed banning Google cars or other doing the same thing from cities..

4
posted by (2012-05-25 23:07:59)
gonads90 avatarWhat are google up to?? They have been warned/fined about this so for in every country they have done this in.

5
posted by (2012-05-26 00:29:34)
hrg avatar@godas90 agree

6
posted by (2012-05-26 01:22:14)
giraffe avatarThanks for the article Sam. Google did this in OZ years ago and claimed it was a mistake but they're still doing it. We need to give them a real fine like 1 days worth of advertising revenues, that would hurt them.

@capanmorgan5150 by your logic if I leave my front door unlocked, you are allowed to steal from me. You're the idiot!

7
posted by (2012-05-26 01:36:13)
OpenMinder avatarThere is irony here; so if Google hasn't broken any American laws but has broken privacy laws in various countries, will America then agree to extradite the CEO's and Board of Directors to the different countries' laws they've broken or come afoul of?

Will the mega-corporations which profit from the possession and sale of private citizen information and habits therefore be taken down similar to Kim Dotcom profiting the sale of portals and space of material available to the general public but still proprietary product(s)?

Maybe Google is selling this information legally, but their acquisition of the data/information is ... apparently a grey area and quite acceptable in the U.S.

Not surprising.

@giraffe: While I agree with your sentiment, I don't think your example is the same, since a wireless network broadcasts beyond the confines of the residence, whereas an intruder has to actively engage in trespassing physically while removing items that are not copies. Big grey area about actual theft if the item is not actually taken/removed.

Thanks again Sam for prodding us away from complacency!

8
posted by (2012-05-26 05:12:44)
myname avatarno surprise there..Thanks for the info SAM

9
posted by (2012-05-26 06:09:54)
Kinslayer avatarAnyone who doesn't secure there wireless these days is asking for it. What could google possibly gain from 250 Kilobytes of information in the 20 seconds they are in range of my wifi. They did nothing illegal. I could go out and walk down my street and do this exact same thing.

10
posted by (2012-05-26 07:58:36)
No avatarpassword protect your wifi if not um better be perpared for more than just google doing it... use your heads

11
posted by (2012-05-26 10:55:23)
giraffe avatar@OpenMinder I agree it's not the same and with what you wrote, I'm just annoyed by some people on this site writing that people are "asking for it". We here on ET are tech savvy so we can secure our wifi's easily while other can't. Just because a network has no password doesn't mean I can collect peoples passwords like google has done again and again.

12
posted by (2012-05-26 13:31:06)
No avatarI agree with you @giraffe

13
posted by ET lover (2012-05-26 16:28:02)
SyKoTiK avatarJust to throw this out, for all of you "tech savvy" people, even if a signal isn't secured using standard methods (WEP, WPA/2, etc.) doesn't mean that it's not protected in some manner. The owners may be enforcing something else such as RADIUS authentication or using MAC filtering.

14
posted by (2012-05-27 15:48:26)
No avatar@Kinslayer;

Yes, you COULD walk down my street and do this exact same thing. And it would also be illegal, just like this is. Just because you can do something easily and casually that a company like google does in a (marginally) more complicated way. Doesn't make it any less illegal.

15
posted by Blocked (2012-05-28 22:12:35)
skreamer avatarI don't think my wireless is protected. Goodness, someone could have been DL all kinds of movies and software with it and I'd not know a thing about it.



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