[LINK] More to the world than physics [was: Google's WiFi bungle]

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Thu May 20 09:56:19 AEST 2010

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 09:46:49AM +1000, Stephen Wilson wrote:
> There's only two things to say here and then I'm done.  First, I often 
> enough prefaced my remarks with the stated assumption that Google have 
> the resources to render even basic wifi data as identifiable; on this, 
> Craig and I appear to be in agreement, for he said "admittedly, google 
> ARE experts at extracting signal from noise".  

no, we are not in agreement.  you're, once again, drawing false
conclusions from minimal data.

the most obvious thing i disagree with is your assumption that there IS
personally identifiable information in the data. regardless of google's
expertise, they're not miracle-workers. if the data isn't there, they
can't find it.

> Second, they admitted themselves that they collected much more than   
> basic wifi data, they apologised, and they undertook to destroy that  
> data, which rather confirms that what they collected was indeed       
> personal information.                                                 

no, it doesn't confirm that at all. 

it confirms that they collected much more than basic wifi data.

it says NOTHING about the nature of that data.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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