U.S. Supreme Court ruling leaves Google open to lawsuits over Street View secretly collected personal data

“The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Google Inc., 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,” Greg Stohr reports for Bloomberg.

“Google, the world’s most-used Internet search engine, is accused in class-action lawsuits of gathering e-mails, user names and passwords while using a fleet of camera-equipped vehicles that drove around the country to collect images for Street View,” Stohr reports. “Google has apologized for collecting the personal information, while saying it didn’t violate the law. ”

Stohr reports, “The Mountain View, California-based company has faced government investigations around the world over its data-gathering practices.”

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  1. “Google has apologized for collecting the personal information, while saying it didn’t violate the law. “

    Well the Supreme Court says you did violate the law!

    1. Yeah! Who do they think they are, the NSA! Better back down and leave this to the Federal Government. They know how to manipulate and exploit that group called “We the people”.

    2. Actually, the Supreme Court affirmed the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks. The coming lawsuits against Google will determine whether or not they violated the law. Google’s argument was that the law did not apply.

  2. overhead:

    Taliban leader Musa “The Angry Mouse” Mustapha:

    “Stealing personal data? Do we need further proof? …. First these infidels create Windows, it would be ok if they just used it over THERE but they had to foist it on the rest of the world, then they came out with ANDROID….. this plague… and they wonder WHY WE JIHAD????!!!!”

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