Opinion: Fcc's Ruling That Google's Wifi Snooping Is Legal Sets Horrible Precedent
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:32 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:44 AM
Not saying it is right what Google did, but the blame goes both ways.
@GetReal it is not hard to add a basic password and just put a sticky on the fridge or something. Still a heck of a lot more secure than open. You are just opening up your personal information to attack by leaving it open.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:13 AM
Yup, Really all this article is saying that its legal to receive signals that are encrypted, which to be honest is something the would have a hard time enforcing.
I though about starting a company that would dumpster dive for personal information based on the number of recipts I see at ATMs and also gas stations.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:58 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:13 PM
Look Google is a very big company with a bunch of young energetic engineers trying to create new technology for which there is no precedent. These young guys are likely to make some errors in judgement from time to time in their zeal to get things done fast. Perhaps they didn't go about their collecting of router locations and IDs in the most open way possible, but the reason for collecting the data was clearly for the benefit of all it's users. Google uses this data to give location information when there is no GPS data available (along with cell tower info), and anyone who has ever used Google Maps has used this feature. People are always worried when new technology, that they don't understand, is introduced on a large scale, but there is no evidence that Google has ever used any of the information that it collects for any other reason but to help them provide the service which we like so much that collectively we have made Google the biggest search engine in the world. Anyone who wants to can disable any of the Google data mining features that they don't like of don't feel comfortable with.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:55 PM
If you don't secure your wireless network, you get what you deserve. If it's too much trouble, that's your problem - not your next door neighbor's (or Google's).
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:18 PM
My NETGEAR N600 came with "Guest" Network, so you might want to look into that.
In this case, ignorance is not bliss.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:40 PM
This post has been edited by mjd420nova: 16 April 2012 - 05:41 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:17 PM
Might that owe to the fact that the RF spectrum is public space, and that the author wasn't about to let his quest for a button-pushing Title be deterred by mere fact?
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:31 AM
And how far does your WiFi extend? hey they spent a half hour on our street, though i don't worry ours is secured and we don't use the wireless on it hardly. Most of our systems are hardwired and we keep it that way. But it's still pretty low of them. Oh well if it's Googles browser or their Search, when you use them they get all kinds of info about you.