Poor baby. Go ogle’s executive chairman isn’t happy. Seems the criminal organization with which Go ogle has been “sharing” ogled information got him drunk and tool advantage of him.
Let’s recap: Goldfinger (consisting of ultra-rich megalomaniacs bent on world empire, from whence organizations including ), fronted by the Bush Crime Family, “began” collecting “metadata” on everyone’s phone calls, etc., as early as ’02 (“Echelon”, the cooperative program collecting phone calls, faxes, telexes, etc., well before Y2K, and complained of by the European Parliament as early as ’98, is not addressed in this post), and set up data-collection "at the source" in '06.*
Go ogle began its “wi-fi sniffing” in ’07, and claims it only “discovered” that it was stealing private information (that’s the proper description) in 2010, when Germany’s Data Protection Authority expressed a desire to examine wifi network data collected in Germany.
Right. Because Go ogle wasn’t smart enough to review its code before it launched the project. Go ogle said as much. It seems that in ’06:
“an engineer working on an experimental WiFi project wrote a piece of code that sampled all categories of publicly broadcast WiFi data,” the company wrote. “A year later, when our mobile team started a project to collect basic WiFi network data like SSID information and MAC addresses using Google’s Street View cars, they included that code in their software—although the project leaders did not want, and had no intention of using, payload data.”
Go ogle was stealing private information (again, that’s the proper description) for approximately three years. We are expected to believe that Go ogle didn’t know it. For 3 years. 36 (or so) months. 1, 095 days, each consisting of 24 hours. Not to belabor the point, but how many gigabits can Go ogle transmit in a second?
Now, Eric Schmidt, one of the originators of Go ogle, says "It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/04/eric-schmidt-nsa-spying-data-centres-outrageous, citing a Wall Street Journal article. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/04/googles-schmidt-on-nsa-china-and-north-korea/.
As stated in a Guardian article, http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/04/eric-schmidt-nsa-spying-data-centres-outrageous, Go ogle “itself has faced repeated accusations of privacy violations, including illicitly tracking web browsing”, and “Schmidt has made no secret that the company tests boundaries of what is acceptable. ‘[Company] policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it,’ he said in 2010”; the year Go ogle “discovered” it was stealing private information (again, that’s the proper description) obliterating a line so it needn’t “cross it”.
I now do my best to avoid Go ogle. Even to the point of replacing my “Android” phone with a BlackBerry (and no, I don’t expect that BB will be “much” better, but minimal improvement is more than none).
The only reason, in fact, that I post this here, on a property of Go ogle (indeed, the only reason I maintain this blogspot blog at all) is because I want Go ogle to know just how disgusted I am. I want Eric Schmidt to know that businesses I contemplated starting, websites and other internet-related projects, likely won’t be started now, because of Go ogle.
And for all of those who believe “if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide”, I suggest you look into your ancestry. You might be related to Goebbels.
* I laugh when I see "smart house" commercials in which the parent locks/unlocks doors, turns lights and appliances on/off, and generally "enjoys the security" provided by AT&T. That's a special kind of stupid.