War driving on a global scale

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Google Street View logs WiFi networks, MAC addresses

Google is collecting more than just images when they drive around for the Street View service. '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.' There's a choice quote at the end: 'Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said Internet users shouldn't worry about privacy unless they have something to hide.'

See Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses.

Clearly Eric Schmidt is just another shifty corporate asshole!

I bet he also contributes to both parties' campaigns...


  • Reply 2 of 4
    Frappez toujours!
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Imagine if Hitler had access to such technology. Where might we be today? Privacy is a right we continually need to fight to keep, or rest assured, it will be taken away.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    1337_5l4xx0r1337_5l4xx0r Posts: 1,558member
    Sorry, but if you are broadcasting said information on publically accessible channels, privacy clearly isn't your number 1 concern. Wifi has never been for the tinfoil hat crowd.

    This doesn't construe 'douchy' behavior, to me.

    On a similar note, some assholes calling themselves The Phone Company actually gives everyone's phone numbers freely to every one else in a gigantic, exhaustive book, meaning your phone number is in the hands of millions of strangers.

    Obscure, offtopic side note: some dude has actually written free software that turns a cathode tube monitor into an actual radio broadcaster; by displaying a constantly changing pattern/image on-screen, you can actually beam music to your radio downstairs (due to the massive EMI/RFI that cathode monitors produce).
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