[LINK] Google's WiFi bungle
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Tue May 18 15:22:16 AEST 2010
It's not a bullshit story.
Craig Sanders wrote:
> google collected publicly available data that people were broadcasting
> for anyone to see. so what? big deal.
The big deal is that under the Privacy Act you cannot in general collect
personally identifiable information without a real need to do so,
without telling people you're doing it, and without controls on what you
then do with that information. Whether it's publically available or not.
> the technically-correct fix is for the morons who had/have unsecured
> & unencrypted wifi access points to actually get off their arses and
> secure them.
> but once the media have sensationalised the hell out of a bullshit
> story, the solution is PR, not tech.
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