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Saturday, May 15, 2010

More Google Lies ?

Let me see if I get this straight ...

Google admits they were collecting data in Hamburg, Germany. They also admit that the DPA (data protection authority) asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collects.

What they fail to tell you is, that in Australia they were collecting WiFi data from their Street View cars as well.

EFA (Electronic Frontiers Australia) and the APF (Australian Privacy Foundation)
wrote a joint Email complaining to Google as well.

In an Email, EFA writes : "Why this internet company has been collecting information about household wireless networks ?"

The EFA and the Australian Privacy Foundation were concerned that the data gathered could during this process could be misused."

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.

In addition he made the following comments :

"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."

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.

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 WiFi data is used by Google to improve its location-based services.


1st, Google says " A year later, when our mobile team started a project to collect basic WiFi network data like SSID information and MAC addresses."

To us (MAINLY ME) this seems like wardriving. Lets use a little common sense here. If Google had no intention of using this data why collect it ?

Did Google buckle under pressure when this information was disclosed to the general public or was it something else ?

2nd, After reading this story (I posted days ago) I was very concerned , but kinda shrugged it off. What I did not realize is that it was happening in Germany as well as Australia. Now I am "Worried". If Google is getting so big, where one hand does not know what the other is doing, then it might be time to break this company in a couple of pieces where it is manageable.

3rd, I do not believe Google has told us everything. Full Disclosure is what we should be asking. Tell us exactly, what is going on and WHERE ?

Google nicely omitted the fact this was happening elsewhere in the world. They also nicely omitted the fact there were many complaints about their "WiFi Data Collection" process.

Google engineers admit " We are acutely aware that we failed badly in our trust."

Keep your apology Google, and just tell the users what you are doing.

Exactly, what are you doing with your nose in our WiFi ?

See Also : WiFi data collection: An update

Also read our updated story ;

More lies about Google WiFi data collection Part 2

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Update : Google has been collecting them from Wi-Fi networks not protected by passwords–in the United States, Germany, France, Brazil, Hong Kong and elsewhere for the last 3 years !


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