Tag Archives: WiFi Network

FTC Closes Investigation After Verizon Fixes Encryption Problems With FiOS and DSL Routers

Earlier this week, the FTC notified Verizon by letter that it has closed its investigation into whether Verizon violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to secure certain routers supplied to the company’s broadband subscribers.  The FTC’s investigation centered on Verizon’s practice of supplying routers that incorporated an outdated default security setting, an … Continue Reading

Google Fined by German Data Protection Authority Over WiFi Data Collection

The data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany, issued an administrative fine in the amount of € 145,000 against Google for its illegal WiFi data collection activities. This fine fell just short of the maximum amount for such fines under German data protection law, which is € 150,000 (in cases of negligence).  Between 2008 and 2010, … Continue Reading

Court Holds Interception of Unsecured Wi-Fi Communications Does Not Violate the Wiretap Act

Late last month — in a decision that seems to have been largely overlooked in the privacy trade press — a federal judge in Illinois held [PDF] that the Wiretap Act did not prohibit the interception of communications sent over unsecured Wi-Fi networks provided by hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and other commercial entities.  The decision came … Continue Reading

Key Holdings in Google Street View Litigation: WiFi Not “Readily Accessible to the General Public” and ECPA Preempts State Wiretap Laws

The Northern District of California issued two key rulings last week in denying in part a motion to dismiss in In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation, a consolidated action arising out of Google’s acknowledged interception of “payload data,” including emails, usernames, password, and other private data, from unencrypted home wireless networks using … Continue Reading

CNIL Imposes 100,000 Euro Fine on Google for Wi-Spi Activity

On March 17, the French data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertes (CNIL), imposed a 100,000 Euro fine on Google, for privacy violations arising from its collection of personal data with respect to its Street View product and its Latitude geolocation service.  This is the largest fine assessed by CNIL since … Continue Reading

Google Moves to Dismiss “Spy-Fi” Complaint

Google has moved to dismiss a conslidated class action complaint alleging that it violated the federal Wiretap Act, among other laws, by allowing its Street View cars to collect the contents of communications transmitted over unsecured WiFi networks.  The motion was filed in the Northern District of California, where more than a dozen suits arising out of the Street View activity were consolidated for … Continue Reading
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