Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

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  1. boedicca

    boedicca Uppity Water Nymph Supporting Member

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    More news from the GEVIL empire:

    As Google Street View trucks troll through neighborhoods, they are logging WIFI networks and Mac Addresses.

    Google's roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it's got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along.

    Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he's "horrified" by the discovery.

    "I am appalledÂ… I call upon Google to delete previously unlawfully collected personal data on the wireless network immediately and stop the rides for Street View," according to German broadcaster ARD.

    Spooks have long desired the ability to cross reference the Mac address of a user's connection with their real identity and virtual identity, such as their Gmail or Facebook account.

    Other companies have logged broadcasting WLAN networks and published the information. By contrast Google has not published the WLAN map, or Street View in Germany; Google hopes to launch the service by the end of the year.

    But Google's uniquely cavalier approach to privacy, and its potential ability to cross reference the information raises additional concerns. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said internet users shouldn't worry about privacy unless they have something to hide. And when there's nowhere left to hide...?

    Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses ? The Register

    This news makes the Norwegian Frogmen even more heroic:

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    I requested that GOOG review Chez Boe from Street View quite awhile ago - but had no idea they were collecting WIFI and Mac addresses as well.
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  2. waltky

    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

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    EHS leads to schoolgirl's suicide...

    Schoolgirl found hanging from tree after suffering from 'rare allergic reaction to WiFi'
    30 Nov 2015 - A teenage schoolgirl was found hanging from a tree after she began suffering from an allergic reaction to WiFi, an inquest has heard.
    Tragic Jenny Fry was left with crippling headaches, tiredness and bladder problems brought on by electro-hypersensitivity (EHS). An inquest into her death heard how the 15-year-old's mum Debra said her symptoms were caused because she was allergic to wireless internet connections at her school. Jenny's body was found hanging from a tree at Brooke Woods, near her home in Chadlington, Oxon., at 4.20pm on June 11. Earlier in the day she had texted a friend telling her she was not going to school that day.

    Tragic: Jenny suffered from a rare allergy​

    Her mum Debra and dad Charles Newman told the inquest they believed their daughter was made ill because of WiFi. Although they had taken the WiFi out of their own home, it was still used in Chipping Norton School, Oxon., where she was a pupil. Mrs Fry told Oxfordshire Coroners' Court Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November 2012. She said: "Jenny was getting ill and so was I. I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be so I had it taken out of the house. "Both Jenny and I were fine at home but Jenny continued to be ill at school in certain areas.

    "She was receiving lots of detentions, not for being disruptive in class or misbehaving, but often because she used to take herself out of the classroom to find another where she was able to work. She took her schoolwork seriously. "I took lots of information into school to show the headteacher, Simon Duffy, but he said there was equally the same information available claiming WiFi was safe. "I also had a heated exchange with teachers telling them Jenny was allergic to WiFi and that it made no sense making her take detentions in rooms that were making her ill.


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