Google Street View was sharing cell phone and laptop locations

Google-is-watching-you

It seems that the Google Street View cars were not only taking pictures of the streets and buildings; they were also collecting (and sharing) the locations of millions of laptops, PCs, cell phones, and other WiFi-enabled devices. This goes beyond the sharing of unsecured WiFi networks that they already collected and shared.

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Personal data harvested by Google Street View to be deleted

No, we’re not even talking about the blurring of faces and license plates. Google already does that. There is a bigger issue at hand here for privacy campaigners, because the Google Street View cars were collecting personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks as they made their way around the highways and bi-ways.

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Google’s Small Problem

Google Street View vehicle

A new privacy issue has stemmed from a recent incident involving internet search giant Google. The investigation spearheaded by authorities from around the globe included New Zealand alongside the Australian Police. The issue came under fire when German regulators were made aware of a breach of privacy regarding Google Street View’s unencrypted Wi-Fi network being left accessible while Google Street View, a division of Google Maps, was in operation.

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