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Google opposes compensation for those suing over wifi snooping

Google is being sued for snooping on WiFi transmissions.
September 1, 2014

Google is currently being sued for allegedly “snooping” on WiFi transmissions that were collected by Google’s Street View cars dating back from 2010. In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google $25,000 for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into this collection. Google claims that they intended to destroy the collected data.

According to documents filed by Google, those people who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Google shouldn’t be entitled to a “windfall” because they are the ones who failed to secure their networks.

“Plaintiffs configured their Wi-Fi networks to be open and to broadcast data at least as far as the public street, but now claim that they are entitled to a windfall as a result of that very activity,” Google says in papers filed this month with U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco.

Google also claims that people in the lawsuit waived their claims by using networks that weren’t password-protected.