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Google faces “wire taping” case in the U.S

In Americas, Big Brother, World News on July 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

By Anissa Haddadi

Google could be sued for scooping up data from open wi-fi networks after a US court ruling.

A judge in San Francisco decided that the company’s actions may have violated federal laws on wiretapping.

Despite Google’s attempts to have the lawsuit thrown out by repeatedly that anyone could have intercepted the wireless signals, the internet Giant could still face prosecution, as it had previously admitted collecting the data by mistake while gathering images for its Street View service.

Since the allegations first emerged, Google has stopped its Street View cars logging wi-fi networks, which previously involved sampling packets of data from wireless hotspots.

Once on unencrypted networks the system was able to access logins, passwords and other personal details and more than 600MB of data was said to have been collected in 30 countries.

As soon as the evidences first emerged, Google apologised for its action, explaining that a coding error was responsible for the…

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