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Germans unhappy with Google

WildRose52
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Germans unhappy with Google

Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses
Why are you doing this?, ask Germans
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/22/google_streetview_logs_wlans/

According to my understanding of this GOOGLE is under fire in Germany
for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users' unique Media
Access Control addresses, as their Google van goes past each property.
This now raises the question of whether the info can now pin point the
true identity of people using things like FaceBook and gMail.
The Germans do not appear to be amused.

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thisoldman
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

neither am I lol  If i remember correctly the guardian newspaper had a front page article  around year 2002 screaming
"google is watching you"....Little did people know just how much they watch you. I am geeting to believe that google is really a sub department of the fbi/csi/dept of home security.
They even collect forum and chat topics and peoples screen names    if you doubt this google your pn name
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

why isn't this in chit chat?
thisoldman
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

i do not know i am just following wildrose.
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

You've followed her into Chit Chat Wink
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WildRose52
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google


I wasnt sure where best to post it, so if its in the wrong place I apologise.
It is a chit-chat type of item, but its also an internet /privacy concern as
well, so hopefully moderators will decide where they feel it is best located
(joke :  google will no doubt find its location lol)
WildRose52
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google


Oops sorry, I see that moderator has relocated it!
(joke :  Google now confused!  Good!)
scootie
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

Its not that very reliable the data thoe is it.
If i was to use my netgear dg834g at this address, now that the google data has been captured when the dg834g was in use at my old address then any one tracking my loaction at this momment of time would be looking on google maps a good 50 miles in the wrong place.
My wireless is seldom used any more, unless some one wants to use there laptop or iphone here then my wireless is switched off.
WildRose52
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google


Yes you`re right.
Google would only have you registered at your old address.
So anyone, like yourself, who has moved since Google`s van came round
(which basically for many was in June of last year) then the info would be no use
to them.
What fascinates me is how they can then possibly get the persons info from sites
like FaceBook.  Maybe what we need to be worrying about is not so much
what Google are doing, but rather looking at whether sites like FaceBook are
reputable - or could it be (like some suspect) they are set up on purpose
for information collecting purposes?  (worthy of a separate debate maybe?)
Me personally, I would never post any genuine info into any website.
They might have my I.P. but they certainly have not got my true name, DOB, photos,
nor my location  (excluding PlusNet of course)  Grin

scootie
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

i never enter my true date of brith online, in the hope if some does some how decide to farm my details they will trip them selfs up when trying to use my date brith
pierre_pierre
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

I am currently getting rogue e-mails the only common place is facebook, but is an old entry from a friend, who last used that address over two years ago, the e-mails are apparently going to people who are on a contact list.  - only five people. they are mostly viagra type mails, the only item in the e-mails is an Http link
I also get rubbish from Geni a family tree site giving me a list of people who might be related to me, all 50000 of then, my kind friendly niece put my details on it.
Any social network site is a pain in the rectorial orifice.  But one at least has recently advised people to change there profile info
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

it's getting such that personal security is not so much what you do to protect yourself, but how well you educate your family and friends to your security.  actually, it's far worse than that because we have a government whose operatives carelessly leave our date lying about on public transport, in rubbish skips and in taxis.  (taxi, wossa taxi?)
pierre_pierre
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Re: Germans unhappy with Google

wosa taxi,  Say a 4x4 on the school run yesterday with a sign in the Back Window, Grandmothers Taxi