The latest complainants are Jennifer Locsin of Contra Costa County and
and James Blackwell of Alameda County via a lawsuit filed in U.S.
District Court in Oakland last week. Both use open Wi-Fi network at
their residences, which can be viewed on Street View, according to the
suit. The complaint states that, in capturing photographs of streets, Google recorded "all data being transmitted on open Wi-Fi networks within
range as they were being driven around photographing most of the U.S.
and much of the world."
every video watched and every email sent or received over open Wi-Fi
netowrks while in range of Google's Street View vehicles. However,
Google conveniently failed to tell and or provide anyone with clear
information detailing the nature of the new service." That accusation
conflicts with the assertion of the British Information Commissioner's
Office when clearing Google
last week, saying it was "unlikely that Google will have captured
significant amounts of personal data" an the purloined information did not contain any
"meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable
The new lawsuit claims violations of the computer
Fraud and Abuse Act, the California Computer Crime Law, and the business
and professional code. The class is suing for damages and demands an injunction
preventing Google from continuing to operate Street View "without
appropriate safeguards, default profisions and or opt-in mechanisms to
ensure the private data of its users is not improperly disclosed,
compromised and or transmitted in the future."
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