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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-collect-my-data-bro dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Supreme Court declined to throw out a class-action lawsuit against Google for sniffing Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks. Several class-action lawsuits were filed against Google shortly after the company acknowledged that its Street View cars were accessing email, web history and other data on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. A Google spokesman said the company was disappointed that the Supreme Court had declined to hear the case."
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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

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  • wut (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 30, 2014 @03:54PM (#47353699)

    I suppose listening to ham radio now is a crime.

  • boo hoo (Score:4, Insightful)

    by danomatika (1977210) on Monday June 30, 2014 @03:56PM (#47353719)

    its Street View cars were accessing email, web history and other data on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. A Google spokesman said the company was disappointed that the Supreme Court had declined to hear the case.

    Boo hoo Google. By their logic, if I leave my door unlocked, the Google Street View car driver can stop his vehicle, open my door, and read the documents on my desk? Hey, I left my door unlocked so I was asking for it!

  • by perpenso (1613749) on Monday June 30, 2014 @04:21PM (#47353981)

    When your democracy revolves around voting with dollars, how could anything besides this outcome have been expected?

    That is a seriously misinformed view. Dollars don't vote, people do. And a 1%'er has exactly the same vote as a 99%'er.

    Money is tool to influence voters who don't really care one way or another, nothing more. No amount of big money financed media campaigns will changes the minds of informed voters who care about a particular issue.

    Two of the most power lobbies in the U.S. are the NRA and the AARP. The power of these organization is not campaign contributions, their power comes from the fact that their member as well known for reliably showing up on election day and voting their respective issue.

    Want to change things, then educate and motivate voters. Want to support the status quo, then focus on the red herring of money.

  • by fnj (64210) on Monday June 30, 2014 @05:05PM (#47354431)

    All you guys posting to the effect that Google has been doing nothing wrong in connection with this - you all lost me at the point you failed to acknowledge or comprehend this:

    [Google] acknowledged that its Street View cars were accessing email, web history and other data on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks

    Did any of you even read the summary? I have no issue with Google recording the presence of my (hypothetical) open WiFi hotspot at such-and-such location and publishing that fact, even with an exterior photo of my property. I have a BIG problem with them snooping on private correspondence and other private matters exposed on said open WiFi.

    The fact that if I did have an open WiFi it would sure as hell be on a different network than the one I use for email and other personal activities is BESIDE THE POINT. The point is, per the summary, Google is actively snooping on things they know for damn sure are not intended for them.

    If the summary is wrong on this point, fine; please point out exactly how it is wrong.

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