Maybe I should just make VP a Privacy blog… [update]

BBC News - Google admits wi-fi data collection blunder.jpg

[update: consumerwatchdog.org has put out a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting and investigation into Google Streetview’s whoops…

Love this sentence:

“Google has demonstrated a history of pushing the envelope and then apologizing when its overreach is discovered,” said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group. “Given its recent record of privacy abuses, there is absolutely no reason to trust anything the Internet giant claims about its data collection policies.”

 

Original: Ok, the latest privacy issue Google finds itself in was preventable in many many ways.  While I think that the major “blame” will and should fall on Google, anyone with an unsecured wifi connection in their house or business could have easily prevented this “data collection” by SIMPLY SECURING YOUR WIFI ROUTER!

Google has admitted that for the past three years it has wrongly collected information people have sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks.

Seriously, for three years and no one at Google noticed this “miscommunication between groups”? I stand by my statement above.  SECURE YOUR WIRELESS ROUTERS? This is not a hard thing to do.  If you do not know how, look at your wireless router to find out the manufacturer.  Then CONTACT that company.  Tell them what router you have and they will be happy to walk you through the process (they will even help you determine which one you have).

Here are links to the more popular manufacturers:

I cannot honestly say that I have a great fear of Google or that they are a bad or dangerous company.  I use some Google services, keep information on them, and Google is my search engine of choice. That said, I freely recognize that ANY snippet (no matter how small) of information I release into Google’s services will be crawled and datamined to its most minute detail to serve up targeted ads the next time I grace the the Google doorstep. (and you should too…)

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