Monday, October 25, 2010

Google: Do No Evil (But Stealing Passwords Is Fine)

There's been a bit of legal to-ing and fro-ing with Google's Street View fiasco - when the Internet giant was accused of enumerating open Wi-Fi routers and taking data from the networks these were on.  Google has previously said that no data was recorded, however the UK-based Daily Mail recently published that Google admitted "entire emails, web pages and even passwords were 'mistakenly collected' by antennae on its high-tech Street View cars".

"Google executive Alan Eustace issued a grovelling apology and said the company was 'mortified', adding: 'We're acutely aware that we failed badly.'"

Really?  Google's "Do no evil" mantra was clearly and blatantly ignored in this breach of public trust and security.  Scotland Yard is already looking into this case to see if Google actually broke the Law, not just the morals that they (at least used to) espouse.  Google needs to stand up and take the punishment for this activity - they were caught out badly and need to take it like the good corporate citizen they keep claiming to be.

The Outspoken Wookie

1 comment:

Hilton Travis said...

Google says 'This data has never been used in any Google product and was never intended to be used by Google in any way. We want to delete the data as soon as possible and will continue to work with the authorities to determine the best way forward.'

How about *just delete the frigging data*? Did they not know how to do that? FFS!

Having said that, I do believe that people with open Wi-Fi networks don't really have any right to complain - they failed to lock the door on their WI-Fi and are basicdally advertising for people to use it. Google, being the "Do No Evil" Corporation they are, really had no right to steal data from these networks, regardless their motive, reasons nor excuses.