Google loses Street View snooping case appeal

09/10/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

California – A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of attorneys suing the technology giant for privacy issues concerning its “Street View” maps feature. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco determined Tuesday that Google went beyond listening to radio communication that was accessible in the collection of emails and Internet passwords from people’s home when photographing neighborhoods.

The panel is quoted by the AP as writing, “The payload data transmitted over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that was captured by Google included emails, usernames, passwords, images, and documents… Even if it is commonplace for members of the general public to connect to a neighbor’s unencrypted Wi-Fi network, members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network.”

Marc Rotenberg, executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the decision was a landmark one for Internet privacy.

Rotenberg is quoted as stating, “The court made clear that the federal privacy law applies to residential Wi-Fi networks… Users should be protected when a company tries to capture data that travels between their laptop and their printer in their home.”

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