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Google Faces Investigation On Unsecured Wi-Fi Data Gathering

Tenable Network Security : 28 June, 2010  (Technical Article)
Ron Gula of Tenable Network Security comments on the recent controversial Google intrusion on Wi-Fi networks and asks if our privacy has been compromised by a trusted corporation
Following on from the Metropolitan's police announcement that they plan to investigate Google's capturing of data from unsecured wi-fi networks, Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security argues that the real issue is what Google does with the legitimate data they collect about us on a daily basis and highlights how we have all given up a little bit of privacy to Google.

"Although it remains to be seen if Google will face any legal investigation from this inadvertent collection of wireless data, I'm surprised there has not been more of an outcry for an investigation into what Google does with the legitimate data they collect about us on a daily basis.

"While collection of wireless data nodes may be newsworthy and violate a variety of laws, I think the average Internet user would be more astonished at how much 'private' information is collected by Google about them.

"Most Internet users have hopped onto someone else's WiFi at least once in their life, so they may be asking what the big deal is. The issue is that we've all given up a little bit of privacy to Google and we don't know what to do when they cross a line that we haven't really defined either."
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