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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:19 PM

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Google's controversial Street View service was today labelled the 'single biggest privacy breach in history'.

The internet giant deliberately set out to collect personal data - including  private emails - from computer users as its cars drove past photographing  buildings, it was alleged.

Condemning Google as 'creepy', Australia’s communications minister claimed the  firm thought it was above the law.

Images of individual homes, shops, offices and pubs have been taken by a fleet of Google cars driving up and down public roads across major countries, including Britain, and posted online.

But the search engine admitted earlier this month that its cars had also accidentally collected data from unprotected Wi-Fi connections as they drove past.

Yesterday Stephen Conroy, Australia's minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, claimed at a Senate hearing that Google deliberately decided to collect the private information.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:15 PM

I highly doubt it is the highest Breach. The CIA watches 70% of people via cameras, satelittes, stake outs and by foot. Google isn't really breaching if it was then it would update itself. Clearly the media has the highest breaches.


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:17 PM

I don't see how seeing a picture of the outside of someones house, that is already in public view, is a breach of privacy.  As for picking up internet signals, learn how to encrypt your wireless internet with a password.  That's what I do.


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 03:15 AM

View PostWickian, on 25 May 2010 - 09:17 PM, said:

I don't see how seeing a picture of the outside of someones house, that is already in public view, is a breach of privacy. As for picking up internet signals, learn how to encrypt your wireless internet with a password. That's what I do.

+1. If it's viewable from the street or accessible from the street, it's public. no breach at all.

If you don't like someone being able to see your house then put up a fence and camo over the roof if your town will let you get away with such paranoia.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:04 AM

I don't think google randomly picking up my Wifi is cool :( Glad I have security settings :)
Really though, why does google need to do random Wifi scanning in the first place?


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 02:37 PM

Collecting data from WIFI signals means nothing..since most of them blast out their signal.  That's hardly any sort of offense to pick up the signal.


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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:01 PM

Soon privacy will be relegated to the past, where it belongs, along with all the other fads that eventually became outmoded.


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Posted 27 May 2010 - 05:42 AM

british citizens are captured on cctv cameras an average of 300 times per day, per person.

i think google is the least of our worries...


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Posted 27 May 2010 - 05:55 AM

View Postaquatus1, on 26 May 2010 - 04:01 PM, said:

Soon privacy will be relegated to the past, where it belongs, along with all the other fads that eventually became outmoded.

This would be after you apply for google to install cameras in your bedroom, toilet and bathroom. Until that, all what is "public domain" still remains public domain. Private domain is what you actually pay for - buy yourself an island in Caribbean, and no google would have any cameras on it without your permission. As for the rest of the inhabited world, the people who inhabit it decide, do they need cameras or not. You know, Majority... So far i can hear only criminals, objecting the cameras, while the majority is silent... Why? What do you think?


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Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:46 AM

Same as I thought before.  Privacy is nothing more than a fad, hence your comment about people deciding whether or not they are going to care about cameras or not.  And while I agree with most of your sentiments, I have actually heard very few (if any) known criminals objecting to cameras.  By far, the people that have complained about cameras don't seem to have any criminal records that have been brought to light.


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Posted 27 May 2010 - 01:16 PM

My daughter was recently offered a job at Google working on the Street View project. I happen to know Google has a staff of 200 people whose only job is to use a set of tools to blur out faces, license plate numbers, and other personally identifying information in their Street View pictures.

It's actually kind of funny, the Google corporate offices (Kirkland Wa) are maybe 2 miles from my house.... my neighborhood still doesn't have Street View maps. LOL.

They also collected information about unsecured wireless? Ummm... ok, it's UNsecured.

I'm glad my daughter didn't take the job at Google though, she opted instead to take another position with Xbox.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 01:53 AM

View PostMARAB0D, on 27 May 2010 - 05:55 AM, said:

buy yourself an island in Caribbean, and no google would have any cameras on it without your permission.

"Google Earth" would cover it. You should try it sometime. and it's free. download

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:50 AM

I was about to start a new thread on this topic as I never heard of it until early this morning. Fox News had a report stating 9 countries claim Google has violated privacy policies by collecting private information (such as bank info and passwords) through use of their Street View vehicles.

I did an internet search to find new articles discussing this however, and realized the articles were dated as far back as 2010, which is why I then did a search on UM and came across this thread.

In reading through some of these replies I am surprised to learn some don't seem to care that Google managed to obtain this type of information about numerous individuals throughout multiple countries.

It makes the thought of Big Brother ring all too true to me.


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

Don't believe everything you read on the internet. And especially from fox news. They are an entertainment company.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

View PostSilvergun Superman, on 12 March 2012 - 02:50 AM, said:

I was about to start a new thread on this topic as I never heard of it until early this morning. Fox News had a report stating 9 countries claim Google has violated privacy policies by collecting private information (such as bank info and passwords) through use of their Street View vehicles.
how can they possibly do that? Do they suppose that they're really packed with Surveillance equipment that intelligence services would probably give their right arm for?

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