Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 10/06/2010 14:13
Google is "almost certain" to face prosecution for collecting data from unsecured wi-fi networks, according to Privacy International (PI).
The search giant has been under scrutiny for collecting wi-fi data as part of its StreetView project.
Google has released an independent audit of the rogue code, which it has claimed was included in the StreetView software by mistake.
But PI is convinced the audit proves "criminal intent".
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A report has confirmed that Google Street View cars collected and stored payload data only from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
Privacy International said the review showed that Google had, beyond reasonable doubt, intent to systematically intercept and record the content of communications.
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Technical details revealed in a Google audit could see the company could face criminal prosecution around the world for collecting private Wi-Fi data, a UK privacy organisation said.
Privacy International said it had examined an independent audit supplied by Google and believed that details revealed in the audit proved criminal intent and placed the company at risk of "prosecution in almost all the 30 jurisdictions in which the system was used".