Privacy International Charges Google with Criminal Intent in "Spy-Fi" Matter

International privacy watchdog Privacy International asserts that an audit of Google's Street View data collection shows that Google separated out and systematically stored network content obtained from private Wi-Fi devices. According to PI, this establishes that Google's Wi-Fi data collection was intentional, despite Google's assurances to the contrary. The audit follows an investigation which revealed that Google Street View vehicles were secretly capturing and recording private Wi-Fi data in addition to photographic images. Street View vehicles operated in 30 countries over a three-year period until Google was forced to suspend the program. In the US, EPIC has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging the FCC open an investigation to determine whether Google violated US wiretap laws.


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