Google Streetview data harvest exposed!!
Google, don't be Evil? Think again...
Two days ago Google released the long awaited full Federal comminications Commission (FCC) report. It seems that this has opened up a global can of
This obviously comes from years of accusations regarding their data mining activities.
Now focus has shifted from the network data to data mined by Google's Street View vehicles.
This data, syphoned from un-encrypted wi-fi networks, contains nams, addresses,
telephone numbers, URL's, passwords, emails, text messages, medical records, video and audio files, and other information from internet users.
If you are not seeing the picture now, then I pitty your ignorance. TPTB has a database on all your information, at a click of a button! Internet
anonimity is a thing of the past.
According to the FCC's report:
For several years, Google has repeatedly insisted that the capture of payload data by the company was unbeknownst to them, the work of a single
engineer acting on his own initiative.
The FCC report (.pdf) states, however, that the code “was deliberately written to capture payload data” and that the engineer who wrote it (in his
20% time), told several colleagues about its capabilities — including, in writing, a senior manager.
"As early as 2007 and 2008, therefore, Street View team members had wide access to Engineers Doe's Wi-Fi data collection design document and code,
which revealed his plan to collect payload data.
One Google engineer reviewed the code line by line to remove syntax errors and bugs, and another modified the code.
Five engineers pushed the code into Street View cars, and another drafted code to extract information from the Wi-Fi data those cars were collecting.
Engineer Doe specifically told two engineers working on the project, including a senior manager, about collecting payload data.
Nevertheless, managers of the Street View project and other Google employees who worked on Street View have uniformly asserted in declarations and
interviews that they did not learn the Street View cars were collecting payload data until April or May 2010."
And what does Google have to say about this?
A spokesperson for Googl UK said, "We decided to voluntarily make the entire (FCC) document available, except for the names of individuals.
"While we disagree with some statements made in the document, we agree with the FCC's conclusion that we did not break the law. We hope that we can
put this matter behind us
I'll bet they'd want to put this behind them. Besides, most of the data has already been captured. The remaining few can be obtained using unmarked
vehicles of sorts, not very difficult at all.
For some reason people do not seem to be grasping the gravity of the situation. What you thought was private is documented, stored and
Yes, they did gather the data from public airwaves but that's like a pedophine saying he looked because he just so happened to be at the right place
at the right time. BS if you ask me.
Who writes a code without knowing what it'll do...
As a parting thought, I'll leave you with this gem, the identity of Engineer Doe;
The agency also said it was unable to resolve all the issues it was considering because the engineer — whom it referred to in its report on the
inquiry as Engineer Doe — cited his Fifth Amendment right and declined to talk.
Now a former state investigator involved in another inquiry into Street View has identified Engineer Doe. The former investigator said he was
Marius Milner, a programmer with a background in telecommunications who is highly regarded in the field of Wi-Fi networking, essential to the
On his LinkedIn page, Mr. Milner lists his occupation as “hacker,” and under the category called “Specialties,” his entry reads, “I know
more than I want to about Wi-Fi".
edit on 3-5-2012 by Monkeygod333 because: cleanin up