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Windows 7: Google: Street View cars grabbed emails, urls, passwords


23 Oct 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Google: Street View cars grabbed emails, urls, passwords

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Google has publicly acknowledged that the WiFi data collected by its world-roving Street View cars contained entire emails, URLs, and passwords.

On Friday afternoon, with a blog post, senior vice president of engineering Alan Eustace also said – yet again – that most of the data is "fragmentary," and that the company intends to delete the data "as soon as possible."

"I would like to apologize again for the fact that we collected it in the first place," Eustace wrote. "We are mortified by what happened." The company has always said that the data collection was a "mistake," saying that code developed by a single engineer was added to its cars although project leaders had no intention of doing so. Independent investigations have said that the data contained emails and passwords as well as home addresses and phone numbers.

In May, it was Eustace who revealed – with another blog post – that Google Street View cars had been collecting data sent over unsecured WiFi networks, contradicting previous claims from the company.

With earlier public statements, Google had said its cars were collecting only the SSIDs that identify WiFi networks and the MAC addresses that identify particular network hardware, including routers. Google uses such data in products that rely on location data, such as Google Maps.

Privacy authorities across the globe launched investigations of Google's WiFi data collection, and some concluded that the company had violated local laws, including, most recently, Canada privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Spain has filed a lawsuit against the web giant. Seven investigations have been completed so far, and others are still pending.

When Eustace first revealed the WiFi payload collection, he said the company would review its "procedures to ensure that our controls are sufficiently robust to address these kinds of problems in the future." And regulators demanded such reviews as well. So, with Friday's blog post, Eustace also laid out the company's new internal policies.
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Google: Street View cars grabbed emails, urls, passwords • The Register


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23 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Another example of "Much to do about nothing" or "Creating the news where none exists".
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23 Oct 2010   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobtran View Post
Another example of "Much to do about nothing" or "Creating the news where none exists".

We need to remember that only bad news is "good" news.....
So if there is no "good" news they create some news that is really no news.....


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24 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobtran View Post
Another example of "Much to do about nothing" or "Creating the news where none exists".

We need to remember that only bad news is "good" news.....
So if there is no "good" news they create some news that is really no news.....


Sadly you are so correct.
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24 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 
Google admits cars collected email, passwords

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Google has acknowledged a fleet of cars, equipped with wireless equipment, inadvertently collected emails and passwords of computer users in various countries, and said it was changing its privacy practices.

The company said it wants to delete the data as soon as possible.

Google announced the data collection in May, but said at the time the information it collected was typically limited to "fragments" of data because the cars were always moving.
More: Google admits cars collected email, passwords - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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25 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

One would have to very gullible to believe that Google didn't know it was gathering this type of information. There is probably a cheaper way to find hot spots, using satellites would be my guess. Driving all over the world, where it's allowed with special equipped cars seam like a very costly way of doing such a thing. There is more to this than what is being said. I will wait for act 2 of this Off Broadway show.
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25 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So an experimental DATA collection code, was accidently included on these cars.

hmmmm...
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