Google Under Fire Over Wi-Fi Snooping

Google‘s recent admission that it might have been collecting personal user information through unsecured Wi-Fi connections has not sit well with some U.S. lawmakers. Representatives Henry Waxman (California), Ed Markey (Massachusetts), and Joe Barton (Texas) expressed dissatisfaction with Google’s explanation that it did not know exactly what information its Street View cars were collecting.

Google had admitted that its Street View cars, which take photographs for its Street View service, also snooped on unsecured Wi-Fi connections. However, Google claimed that it has yet to analyze the information collected from people’s Wi-Fi connections. In a response to the congressmen, Google said that “It is possible that the payload data may have included personal data if a user at the moment of collection broadcast such information.”

However, the lawmakers said Google’s response was insufficient, especially since the company is concerned with gathering people’s data. Congressman Barton said that what is even more disturbing with the recent turn of events is that Google is pushing for the regulation of Internet service providers, but not itself.

Google claims that the data collected through Wi-Fi was only viewed twice, once by the software engineer who created the program and by the company. Google added that its Street View cars no longer collect such data.