VA to Receive $142,600 from Google Settlement

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

Virginia will receive about $142,600 from a national $7 million settlement with Google over the company's collection of emails and other sensitive data sent over wireless networks several years ago.
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CVA

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Mar 12, 2013
 

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How much do I get?
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Mar 12, 2013
 
CVA wrote:
How much do I get?
I'm expecting a check for $142K. That leaves $600 for you.
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Mar 12, 2013
 
Let's see ...Google is worth about 73 billion.
That's taking a penny and shaving off a sliver of copper as payment. More of a nuisance for Google than a fine.
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Mar 12, 2013
 
" But the company has maintained that it didn't break any U.S. laws."

but it did get a warning from the pooch, and you can take that to the bank, instead of negative proceeds from the settlement after legal fees
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Mar 12, 2013
 
I will be interested to hear the the state allocates this money.......Will they just give the generic, "It has been re-invested in development" line?
huck

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Mar 12, 2013
 
Gnu wrote:
Let's see ...Google is worth about 73 billion.
That's taking a penny and shaving off a sliver of copper as payment. More of a nuisance for Google than a fine.
Not to mention the societal benefits of google maps and street view (gratis from google!) far outweigh any generic data captured from wifi snooping.
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Just shows how far removed from reality are his priorities.
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Mar 14, 2013
 
Instead of people in jail and huge major rembercment, google gets pinky slapped and americans get robbed
huck

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Mar 14, 2013
 
bopper wrote:
Instead of people in jail and huge major rembercment, google gets pinky slapped and americans get robbed
'americans get robbed' of what? Their IP addresses? The only thing google is 'guilty' of is logging wifi access points (and some unencypted signal snippets) as their video cars drove by.

This is who should be in jail:
http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/thank...

dumb and dumber
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Mar 14, 2013
 
huck wrote:
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'americans get robbed' of what? Their IP addresses? The only thing google is 'guilty' of is logging wifi access points (and some unencypted signal snippets) as their video cars drove by.
This is who should be in jail:
http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/thank...
dumb and dumber
Cant argue on that huckster, those bankers should be hung. But google has stolen info and has given it out, probably mostly to fat sis of dhs
huck

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But google has stolen info and has given it out
Who did they give it to?

My wi-fi card is currently picking up signals from 5 neighbor's routers.
That is all google did. They didn't steal anything.

Please post facts.
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Mar 14, 2013
 
huck wrote:
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Who did they give it to?
My wi-fi card is currently picking up signals from 5 neighbor's routers.
That is all google did. They didn't steal anything.
Please post facts.
I know you well enough to know if your eyes are open to the bank scum you know about google cia and all there friends
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Mar 14, 2013
 
bopper wrote:
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google cia and all there friends
http://goo.gl/amvFZ

do you posts have a point?
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huck wrote:
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http://goo.gl/amvFZ
do you posts have a point?
Your denial azz knows where to look dont act ignorant, you know a hell of a lot more than what you try to lead onto and you know it. Denial is a waste of time
Gnu

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Mar 15, 2013
 
huck wrote:
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Who did they give it to?
My wi-fi card is currently picking up signals from 5 neighbor's routers.
That is all google did. They didn't steal anything.
Please post facts.
Any reason you have elected to display the SSID?
Sounds sketchy .....
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Mar 15, 2013
 
Gnu wrote:
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Any reason you have elected to display the SSID?
Sounds sketchy .....
Guess it is the same reason cafes, hotels, libraries and dtwn Cville do.
I have a several wireless routers and my PCs, tablet and phone have applications which display them so I can connect to them. I guess there may be some setting to exclude my neighbor's signals, but I haven't bothered to check, but it's not my problem if they want to broadcast their SSID. One of them is wide open.

Google was not being sketchy. I suppose it was surveying how many access points were in neighborhoods. Maybe they were planning to map it. Free access points on google maps is useful.
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huck wrote:
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Who did they give it to?
My wi-fi card is currently picking up signals from 5 neighbor's routers.
That is all google did. They didn't steal anything.
Please post facts.
Then why did they record the locations and data and archive it? Do you do that with your neighbor's routers? Hope not.
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Mar 15, 2013
 
real central va Marine wrote:
<quoted text>Then why did they record the locations and data and archive it? Do you do that with your neighbor's routers? Hope not.
The only thing which you wifi hardware picks up is the broadcast signal. You have to either guess or crack the password if it is password protected, then enter the username and password to access their network. If it is an open signal, you actually have to log on.
Google did neither. Their wifi cards just recorded that there was a signal, probably for future marketing purposes. They didn't break any law.
It's the same as their gmail which 'records' key words in your email to advertise to you on gmail, or a website with cookies (like NBC29 and Topix) that tracks where you've been and targets ads to you.
Nothing nefarious.
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huck wrote:
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The only thing which you wifi hardware picks up is the broadcast signal. You have to either guess or crack the password if it is password protected, then enter the username and password to access their network. If it is an open signal, you actually have to log on.
Google did neither. Their wifi cards just recorded that there was a signal, probably for future marketing purposes. They didn't break any law.
It's the same as their gmail which 'records' key words in your email to advertise to you on gmail, or a website with cookies (like NBC29 and Topix) that tracks where you've been and targets ads to you.
Nothing nefarious.
Google stopped the data collection in May 2010, shortly before the company revealed cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been grabbing information transmitted over Wi-Fi networks that had been set up in homes and businesses without requiring a password to gain access. An employee of Google, together with specialized software, exploited this vulnerability.
They broke the law in a huge way and got a slap on the wrist (A gentle tap on the wrist.)
Open networks are a HUGE risk; think about that next time you log onto a public access point. If you have to use public, make sure you have a good firewall and never use their Wi-Fi for sensitive material.
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Mar 15, 2013
 
Gnu wrote:
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Google stopped the data collection in May 2010, shortly before the company revealed cars taking street-level photos for its online mapping service also had been grabbing information transmitted over Wi-Fi networks that had been set up in homes and businesses without requiring a password to gain access. An employee of Google, together with specialized software, exploited this vulnerability.
They broke the law in a huge way and got a slap on the wrist (A gentle tap on the wrist.)
Open networks are a HUGE risk; think about that next time you log onto a public access point. If you have to use public, make sure you have a good firewall and never use their Wi-Fi for sensitive material.
What law did they break?
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Most people password protect networks. Most routers come that way by default.

They reached a 'settlement'
http://business.time.com/2013/03/13/did-googl...

"The company explained that when the Street View program launched, the team inadvertently included code in their software that “sampled all categories of publicly broadcast WiFi data,” even though the project leaders did not want the more comprehensive data. As soon as Google discovered the practice, it grounded the Street View cars and separated and secured the data on its network.
Law enforcement officials and privacy advocates were outraged, and for nearly three years, Google has been working with the authorities on a settlement.“We work hard to get privacy right at Google,” the company said in an emailed statement.“But in this case we didn’t, which is why we quickly tightened up our systems to address the issue. The project leaders never wanted this data, and didn’t use it or even look at it. We’re pleased to have worked with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and the other state attorneys general to reach this agreement.”
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Mar 15, 2013
 
"even the FCC said the company’s data capturing wasn’t illegal, since the networks in question were effectively public "

http://gigaom.com/2012/05/01/google-wi-fi-sno...

if you're dumb enough to leave your network open...

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