Google Tells Its Side of the FCC’s Story
29 April 2012 – The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) launched an investigation (Click to read more) of Google’s Street View program, which included the capture of information from unsecured WiFi connections all across the United States. The contention is that Google did it deliberately and that it’s illegal to glean passwords and other data from unsecured connections.
The engineer who intentionally wrote the software code that made it possible for Street View cars to capture emails, passwords and other data from unprotected wireless networks told fellow engineers and a senior manager that he had done so, according to the report. (Click to read more)
Very few of us among the general population truly understand the issues behind the Google Street View program. Even more sketchy are the details behind the capture of personal information from unsecured WiFi networks belonging to anyone and everyone.
The Street View program itself involves a huge fleet of motor vehicles equipped with high-resolution cameras and one or more computers. The objective is to create 360 deg. images that allow Google Earth users to actually view the area they have specified for their research. The cool thing about Google Earth in this regard is that you can tilt and move the image you see to almost any angle. (Click to read more)
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