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Have You Heard The Latest On Google's Wi-Fi?
According to the San Francisco News, Google will pay a $7 million penalty to settle a multistate investigation into the Internet search leader's collection of emails, passwords and other data sent over wireless networks several years ago.
The resolution will close a jont investigation by attorneys general in about 30 states, according to a person familiar with the matter. The $7 million will be shared among all the sttes, the source said.
Google's revenue this year is expected to surpass $61 billion. At that pace, Google brings in an average of $7 million in revenue per hour.
The case dates to 2010 when Google revealed that company cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been collecting data transmitted over wireless networks that weren't protected by passwords.
Google blamed the snooping, which started in 2007, on an engineer who installed a piece of software on equipment that Google said was only supposed to detect the location of wireless networks.
If this problem stemmed from a software, you can only imagine what information has been leaked to the wandering eye of those who can assess it through passwords; which are used to protest your privacy! There need to be stricker precautions made when choosing a wireless network, as to the safety and privacy of the network.
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