Google loses another appeal in Street View privacy case
Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 06/01/2014 15:32
A U.S. appeals court has once again rejected Google's argument that it did not break federal wiretap laws when collecting user data from unencrypted wireless networks for its Street View program.
In a ruling this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that payload data transmitted over a Wi-Fi network is not "radio communications" as defined under the federal Wiretap Act and as claimed by Google. That means the company cannot claim an exemption for its Wi-Fi data collection under the Wiretap Act.