“Google Inc. has been hit with at least three lawsuits since the Internet giant acknowledged its Street View cars had accidentally collected private data from unsecured wireless networks,” Scott Morrison reports for Dow Jones Newswires.
“The claims, filed in Massachusetts, California and Oregon, were likely to contribute to the public-relations headache triggered by Google’s admission that vehicles it deployed to create its online mapping services had inadvertently gathered information about people’s web-site usage,” Morrison reports.
MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, “inadvertently.”
Morison continues, “One of the claims, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on behalf of a local Internet service provider and its customers, alleges Google violated federal and state privacy laws when its fleet of specially equipped vehicles accidentally recorded and stored fragments of Web pages and e-mail messages transmitted across people’s wireless networks.”
Google “acknowledged the problem on May 14, maintains it never used any ‘payload’ data in any of its products,” Morrison reports. “Still, Robert Carp, the lawyer representing plaintiff Galaxy Internet Services Inc., based in Newton, Mass., said Google’s collection of data was ‘nothing more than a further attempt to enhance their advertising capabilities.'”
“Carp said he hoped the complaint, which seeks class-action certification, would ‘send the message that whether information that is sent over someone’s private network is encrypted or not, no one has a right to access it, decode it, and use it for any purpose,'” Morrison reports.
Morrison reports, “A separate class-action complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California on behalf of three plaintiffs seeks to represent all U.S. residents. A similar claim was filed on behalf residents in Oregon and Washington last week.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs was right, Google’s “Don’t be Evil” mantra is “bullshit.”