Exception, (3) where the consent of the user of that service has been obtained.
We will consider the legality of Google’s WiFi collection practices. Google’s actions raise troubling and profound questions about privacy and whether laws need to be clarified or changed.
I urge consumers to consider encrypting their wireless computer networks. An unencrypted network is an invitation to snooping, like broadcasting all communications on loudspeakers. Anyone with the right software and equipment can listen in.
"Yeah. That's exactly right. Screw people with minimal-to-no computer knowledge who have their flashy new wireless routers installed by cable company employees who want to get out of there as fast as humanly possible and just nod their heads when instructed to make the network "easy" to log into. They totally deserve what they get, as they've certainly gone on forums and had the concept and dangers of secured vs. unsecured wireless networks and the proper ways to log into their routers to change the settings without fucking everything up and having to surf through a humanless, dial-operated customer service menu. Fuck 'em all."
"Do you know how to maintain your car, what door locks are safe against picking, how to check for subsidence, termites and faulty electrical wiring in a house, basic self-defense, CPR, and, hey, protect against viruses or recognise man-in-the-middle attacks? If not all of the above, you are at risk of something serious that would make some people go 'duh'."
I put the key in, turn it until it clicks and make sure the door is locked by jiggling the doorknob or whatever. Tell me, in an equally simple sentence, how to secure a wireless network.
I disagree. Sound can be experienced by the senses and evident. Wireless data floating through the ether is not. That's the big difference: extant evidence that something is going on. If people had the ability to detect, via their senses, their wireless router shooting out personal info, they would certainly take pains to stop it immediately. As things stand right now, they cannot.
Yeah. That's exactly right. Screw people with minimal-to-no computer knowledge who have their flashy new wireless routers installed by cable company employees who want to get out of there as fast as humanly possible and just nod their heads when instructed to make the network "easy" to log into.
If it is secret from the parties doing the wiretapping? Do the wiretapping laws require intent?
Wireless networks are quickly becoming the only form of Internet available.
Eric Schmidt has taken to the business pages today to blame Google's heavily criticised Street View Wi-Fi data harvesting operation on the actions of one rogue software coder.
The male Googler in question is now subject to disciplinary proceedings, he told the FT.
Google says it is conducting an internal review of its privacy policies as a result of the controversy, but will not restrict its engineers' freedom despite the "clear violation" of its rules by the unnamed rogue coder.
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:This device may not cause harmful interference.This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
If Google wants to know what Americans are doing online, they have a lot more direct ways of doing it than by driving around with a WiFi sniffer.
I find the claim that they "inadvertently" collected this data ludicrous. Did they "inadvertently" install 802.11 transceiver equipment in every vehicle, "accidentally" develop the software to sniff packets, and "coincidentally" design and implement a database system to store the captured data along with geocding information?
Who the fuck do they think they're fooling with that?
At each one of these steps access may be trivially denied, simply by not replying (in computer language) "sure, go ahead, and by the way here's the information to do so". This would be a lot of work for people to do so they delegate it to computer systems to do so automatically.
1. There is a vast, well-coordinated conspiracy within Google to illegally sniff home wifi networks and co-opt personal data for financial gain. Obviously this would be shot down by Google's own legal team, unless they too are in on the conspiracy. (It's unclear how this data would be monetized).
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