Google's secret Wi-Fi sniffing has prompted a class-action lawsuit that could force the company to pay up to $10,000 for each time it snatched data from unprotected hotspots, court documents show.
"Vicki Van Valin of Oregon and Neil Mertz of Washington, said that their homes' wireless networks were not password protected, and that Street View vehicles had cruised by their residences at least once" "Van Valin works in a high technology field, and works from her home over her Internet-connected computer a substantial amount of time," the complaint read. "In connection with her work and home life, Van Valin transmits and receives a substantial amount of data from and to her computer over her wireless network. A significant amount of the wireless data is also subject to her employer's non-disclosure and security regulations." If she is under employer's non-disclosure and security regulations why the hell does she have a unprotected wi-fi? "Elsewhere in the lawsuit, the pair said they had transmitted other confidential information over their unprotected Wi-Fi networks, including credit card and banking data, and personal information including Social Security numbers. Van Valin also used her wireless network for VoIP (voice over Internet protocol] telephone calls." Now there just stupid.
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