It seems not only was Google cataloguing SSIDs and MAC addresses, according to Google:
"It's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks," Google Senior VP of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace said in a post on Google's official blog on Friday.
What total bullshit. Mistakenly? More likely they got caught and now Eric, Sergei, and Larry, the three stooges of Menlo Park have some explaining to do.
Google, the world's largest Internet search engine, did not specify what kind of data it collected, but a security expert said that email content and passwords for many users, as well as general Web surfing activity, could easily have been caught in Google's dragnet.
You know, knowing this now, I have to wonder why they couldn't work out a deal with China. It seems second nature for them to snoop on people, and I am sure China would have paid them well for it.
"As soon as we became aware of this problem, we grounded our Street View cars and segregated the data on our network, which we then disconnected to make it inaccessible," Google's Eustace said, noting that Google had "failed badly" in maintaining its users trust.
Really? What are you going to do about it? Give the people whose trust you've violate free gmail accounts?
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