Maintaining people’s trust is crucial to everything we do, and in thiscase we fell short. So we will be: Asking a third party to review the software at issue, how it worked and what data it gathered, as well as to confirm that we deleted the data appropriately; and Internally reviewing our procedures to ensure that our controls are sufficiently robust to address these kinds of problems in the future.In addition, given the concerns raised, we have decided that it’sbest to stop our Street View cars collecting WiFi network data entirely.This incident highlights just how publicly accessible open,non-password-protected WiFi networks are today. Earlier this year, weencrypted Gmail for all our users, and next week we will start offeringan encrypted version of Google Search. For other services users cancheck that pages are encrypted by looking to see whether the URL beginswith “https”, rather than just “http”; browsers will generally show alock icon when the connection is secure. For more information about howto password-protect your network, read this.The engineering team at Google works hard to earn your trust—and we areacutely aware that we failed badly here. We are profoundly sorry forthis error and are determined to learn all the lessons we can from ourmistake.
YA if only it was a MISTAKE... :D
If you run open wifi, how concerned can you really be about security and privacy of data?
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
That would be true if almost (probably 75% or more) consumers did not run unprotected networks setup as defaults. Of course there so smart they don't know anyone with rudimentary WIFI knowledge could hack into there router in 5 minutes if that, and into there computer in probably 15.
News:they confessed to mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (non-password protection) Wi-Fi networks
I'm not exactly sure what this means, but did they actually have to connect to the non-secured network to collect their payload data? Was this 'mistake' confined to Germany, or did Google pull the same stunt here in the US?
SPAM-posters beware! ®
I don't understand what kind of effect this has. Unless people are afraid that google was secretly trying to take over the world without anyone noticing.
Doubtful it was an accident heh.. people don't "catalog" broadcasted ssid's/wap information by accident. It may have been seen by accident, but I'm a bit confused as to how this was databased by "accident".
People who don't secure their network deserve what they get.
I have a little gizmo that tells me when a signal is present and if it is locked or not. So I "could" drive around in neighborhoods and surf the web anytime I wanted to.
I have really nice 10Mbps access at home though.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
The thing is, (1) not everyone knows how to enable security features. I know, the default technogeek answer is that they deserve what they get, but that's as wrong as saying that someone who doesn't lock their door deserves to be robbed. Or that someone who works a night shift and walks to the workplace deserves to be mugged.
And (2), sometimes it's impossible. If all of our devices were of the latest vintage, we'd be OK. But most of us drive a mixture of old and new devices. My old Linksys router doesn't allow the encryption that comes on my iPod Touch. (I've tried, kids. It just doesn't.) The closest I could come is MAC address filtering, which it does in a tremendously flaky manner that I'm not sure actually works.
Slot A, meet tab B. I really wish you two could be friends.
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
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