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    Google SpyMobile is keeping track of WLANs

    Looks like Google is including WiFi information in the ongoing list of privacy invasions. Their spymobile's day to day activities also include wardriving.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04...ew_logs_wlans/
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    I can see three immediate problems here:

    1. "Wardriving" is not illegal per se.

    2. The sites are broadcasting the information to all and sundry.

    3. Just how "private" is this information if you are spewing it out to World + dog?

    What concerns me is why do Google want this information and what do they intend to do with it? They are not an organisation whose "intentions are honourable" IMO, as they have demonstrated that they don't give a rodent's rectum about private personal security. Criminals are not going to the effort and risk of casing joints, when they can sit in front of a computer with a six-pack and do it from the comfort of their own home courtesy of Google.

    From the little information I have seen, they are not actually accessing private WLANs which I would imagine to be illegal if done deliberately (which it would be in this case)..............they are just recording transmissions outside of the WLAN, which is presumably why they think they can get away with it?

    If this information were published then it would cause an immediate private security problem as a concentration would identify a good area for burglaries, given that WiFi indicates relatively new computer equipment?



    Looks like the British watchdog is on their case as well:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04...ogle_wifi_ico/
    Last edited by nihil; April 28th, 2010 at 09:48 PM.

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    nice news
    thank you))

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    Actually people could protest this by litterally setting up their networks as public services under contract; completely excluded from corprate use.

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    Actually people could protest this by litterally setting up their networks as public services under contract; completely excluded from corprate use.
    Since when has Google been noted for any respect for individuals' rights, their privacy, or even the Law?

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