[kwlug-disc] [OT] Google sniffing wifi, collecting emails and passwords.

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Jun 24 22:33:07 EDT 2010


Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 06/24/2010 10:22 PM:
> On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
>> They're both bad, thank you very much.
>>
>> They can now tie your mac address to your physical address.
> 
> I have one of those thick yellow books. It is full of names, phone numbers
> and home addresses. I can lookup where anyone lives if I know their name.
> 
> Burglary, stalking, identity theft galore ...
> 
> And the phone company has Call Detail Records on everyone! They can
> correlate who calls whom, when and for how long.
> 
> They can even feed that to a data warehouse which would feed into an automatic
> calling system that would sell these people family and friends plans.
> 
> And all that, without the internet ...

BUT - most of that activity is probably illegal, and likely the data 
goes upstream in aggregate. Illegal, if only, in the sense of against 
regulations, or the regulatory bodies that govern them.

Here, there is no regulation, nor assurance of privacy. And there is 
no faith in Google's morals. Not saying there's much faith in our 
regulators, but that's a different story.



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