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Google searches streets collecting Wi-Fi data

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Two privacy watchdogs are writing to Google asking why the internet company has been collecting information about household wireless networks.

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) says the internet giant has been taking down the data as it drives through Australian neighborhoods taking photos for its Street View service.

By clicking on a map Google's Street View allows internet users to view a photo of the streetscape.

EFA and the Australian Privacy Foundation are worried the data gathered during this process could be misused.

They have written a joint letter asking Google to explain why it is recording information about people's home network connections via a type of serial number called a MAC address.

EFA vice-chairman Geordie Guy is concerned by this because devices such as phones and printers are often connected to the internet in many households.

"Are we OK with Google knowing the contents of people's houses, particularly given the first half of a MAC address is a manufacturer unique code?" he said.

"Google may well publish that I have something in my house made by Cisco, something in my house made by Linxus, something in my house made by Netcom, etc.

"There are some manufacturers out there that only produce one type of device, so you would know that that was the device in the house."

Mr Guy says it is unclear whether Google is collecting any other type of information.

"That's certainly something we've asked. We don't know how long they're going to keep the information or what they're going to do with it," he said.

"All they've said publicly is that they use this type of information to make their services better, without going into detail."

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Cutis would not respond to PM's questions but has issued a statement.

"Our preliminary inquiries have indicated generally that the information about wi-fi networks that Google is collecting would probably not on its own be considered personal information under the Privacy Act," the statement said.

But that is not enough for Mr Guy, who says Google may not be doing anything illegal, but what it is doing is certainly troubling.

"Why should we just let Google check out the serial numbers of everything they drive past?" he said.

"Google has a lot of information about everybody. This is a company which retains results of what we search for for a year on the internet. This is an organization that has access to a lot of people's email addresses and a lot of information about the online community in general.

"Every time we see an unexplained addition to that, which is able to be cross-referenced and perhaps be used to come up with a bigger picture about individuals in Australia, that's when we're concerned and that's why we've written to them asking them to give us some more information."

Google refused to talk about this issue. Instead the internet company has pointed to previous blog posts it issued in response to European concerns.

The blogs say the wi-fi data is used by Google to improve its location-based services.

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