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08:54:39 on Mon, 25 Oct 2010, Tim Trent
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>Since compiling and linking the code together is not an act where
>"mistakes" are made, the module to grab data was incorporated on
>purpose. YOu do not link together modules that you do not intend to
>use. And you do not write modules that you do not intend to use.
In order to obtain the IDs of the wifi points along the route, the
streetcar was designed to log extracts of the broadcasts it could hear,
reportedly switching channels five times a second (there are about ten
channels that need monitoring).
If it had been designed differently perhaps it could have extracted the
IDs from those logs, and immediately thrown the rest away, as it drove
around. But it seems they didn't.
>Google has never mentioned what action it has taken against this
Do you mean "did they fire the perpetrators", that kind of action?
They say they've stopped gathering any kind of wifi data now, although
it's obvious they are still *using* the location data they collected
The other action they've taken is to warn people to encrypt their wifi,
something which is advisable if you don't want all and sundry to be
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