Court Rejects Google on Street View Privacy Suit

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June 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Google, leaving the company to face lawsuits accusing it of violating a federal wiretapping law by secretly collecting personal data while developing its Street View maps. Electronic Privacy Information Center President Marc Rotenberg speaks on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

How bad you think this is?

I think it is a serious decision for google.

Essentially, the supreme court left in place the decision that found the company had violated the federal wiretap act.

This review vehicles that were supposed to be taking pixel -- pictures of houses were also capturing wi-fi can occasions.

When people learned about that, they charged the company was violating federal wiretap law.

What exactly was google doing here?

Some of the things they were collecting sounds ominous.

All unencrypted information.

And doing it as they would have cars patrolling the streets not just of the u.s., but of the world.

As they were driving down the street and taking pictures of everything around them, everyone walking down the street, everyone's homes -- they were also secretly gathering wi-fi hotspots.

Not just location hotspots, but the actual ip addresses of some of the advices.

They wanted to know what computer you are using, what your home router's ip address number was, and where it was physically located.

How that looked on the map.

They wanted to know -- in some cases, were able to determine user names of the devices that were running them up.

Courts on both sides of the atlantic have declared this act to be illegal.

I said it was a mistake -- they said it was a mistake.

Does that mean is was an accident?

This was a plan.

. n. there were so many incidents were google has been involved with gathering information and sharing it with the world.

Think of the original mission statement.

Every google person has been on a mission, to organize the world information and make it conversely accessible and useful.

Some of that information doesn't want to be gaggle -- gathered.

If there is business mission statement is to go an do these things, they will run into problems.

Market, what are the consequences here.

? a lower court will hear this suit.

What counts is that they face?

It was a class-action lawsuit, which means that many people have been brought together to bring this claimant.

The supreme court has left in place the legal basis for the claim, which means google can be looking at substantial monetary fines.

I think it is unlikely they will go to trial in a case like this.

The facts are not favorable.

It would be easy for the plaintiff to show that the wiretapping activity it was alleged had in fact occurred.

And with the legal basis for the claim well in place, it would

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