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Google finds cheap way out of
multibillion-dollar ‘wi-spy’ suit

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Posted By: Ribicon, 7/21/2019 4:19:38 PM

Google is poised to pay a modest $13 million to end a 2010 privacy lawsuit that was once called the biggest U.S. wiretap case ever and threatened the internet giant with billions of dollars in damages. The settlement would close the books on a scandal that was touched off by vehicles used by Google for its Street View mapping project. Cars and trucks scooped up emails, passwords and other personal information from unencrypted household Wi-Fi networks belonging to tens of millions of people all over the world.(Snip) The amount Google is offering is less than one sixth the net income

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Google drove cars everywhere, harvesting people's IP addresses and selling the information to... (given that various agencies are banned from doing this themselves)? Neat way to pinpoint the origins of emails, blog posts, comments made on news articles, etc, within the small radius of a wifi network.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JediJerry 7/21/2019 4:36:18 PM (No. 130084)
Oh okay $13M is what Goog takes in before lunch every day. Drop in the bucket.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: seamusm 7/21/2019 5:04:54 PM (No. 130095)
This is apparently a private lawsuit. Who was bribed not to take this on by the feds?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0 7/21/2019 8:32:14 PM (No. 130177)
We all know what Google is, are we now arguing about the price?
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