Google Settles Privacy Case Over Street View for $13 Million

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  1. mood

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    Google Settles Privacy Case Over Street View for $13 Million
    July 20, 2019
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...-privacy-case-over-street-view-for-13-million
     
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    Google Finds Cheap Way Out of Multibillion-Dollar ‘Wi-Spy’ Suit
    July 21, 2019
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    Kind of creepy that they recorded all that data but is it really a crime? If I put a sign in my front yard with my name, DOB, SS#, etc... and someone takes a picture of it, is that a crime as well?
    Would Google have been in less trouble if they had actually logged into these networks and left warning messages about unsecured signals?
     
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    Collected Wi-Fi network data is covered by the privacy protections of the U.S. Wiretap Act.
    Putting a sign in your front yard is something different and other laws apply.
     
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    Of course there are laws that treat these things differently but that doesn't mean much to me personally. Google didn't employ any special technology to capture these signals. A camera captures electromagnetic energy (light) and turns it into data (image). A radio captures electromagnetic energy and turns it into data.
    Is it a crime to open my phone's wifi setup and record all the SSID's being broadcast around me?
    If the network is not secured, I can connect to the router config page and get more info. This is a crime then?
    The logical equivalent is leaving the curtains open so that I can be seen naked while stepping out of the shower.
     
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