30 Apr '12, 7pm

Does Uncensored FCC Street View Report Show Google Lied?

A report from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has accused Google of knowingly collecting households' Wi-Fi data, a practice the search giant has long argued happened by mistake during the design of its Street View service. The FCC's 17-month investigation found that Google supervisors and Street View engineers had known about the plan to collect so-called payload data. The uncensored report raises questions about Google's version of history, which painted the decision as a mistake by a lone engineer (who refused to speak to the FCC by invoking the Fifth Amendment). As Google posted in 2010: So how did this happen? Quite simply, it was a mistake. In 2006 an engineer working on an experimental WiFi project wrote a piece of code that sampled all categories of publicly broadcast WiFi data. A year later, when our mobile team started a project to collect basic W...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2171490/Does-Uncenso...

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