Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Use Wi-Fi? Google Knows Who You Are

Someday, someone will become extremely unhappy with these clowns.

Google's Street View cars collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world, a practice that raises novel privacy concerns, CNET has confirmed.

The cars were supposed to collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points. But Google also recorded the street addresses and unique identifiers of computers and other devices using those wireless networks and then made the data publicly available through until a few weeks ago.

So. If you use a box which connects by Wi-Fi, Google has the box's MAC address and your Wi-Fi location in addition to pretty pictures of your house (and car(s)).

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