May 17

A sensitive revelation came across Google’s blog post, this Friday. In its regular postings, Google openly stated that it has been secretively probing into the networks of Wi-Fi users while the Google Street View Cars have been busy making the rounds across neighborhoods collecting data for the newly launched mapping service.

In the blog post, Google stated that for the past four years, they have been parking their Street View Cars for collecting data but soon realized that they were accidentally collecting information about the online activities of people using their unsecured Wi-Fi networks. This disclosure made by the company came up at an equally worse time, following the strong criticism faced over the launch of Google Buzz by the privacy experts. Also, the growing discomfort amongst the users about the data collection is another factor that has raised quite a concern for Google. It is believed that Google had apparently informed the German authorities in the previous month about its data collection of SSID publicly broadcast information (WiFi network name) and the MAC addresses viz. a number given to every unique device (router). However, it did not gather any payload information or even the information broadcasted over through the networks.

Google was stated saying that it had mistakenly been collecting the payload information from non password protected networks which however was never used by Google for any purpose. The company had recently discovered that it had mistakenly accumulated nearly 600 gigabytes of data broadcasted over the public WiFi networks in across 30 countries. The company was only collecting fragments of the payload data as the cars were always on the move and so received data only when they were passing across certain places with non-protected networks. This was a complete security mistake on behalf of the company and that it was not at all collecting any personal data of its users. IT Support

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