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Google Street View secretly took your wi-fi details… and will use the data to target ads at mobile phones

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Jason Lewis
UK Daily Mail
May 30, 2010

Google is facing renewed privacy concerns after it secretly mapped every single wireless internet connection in Britain – including those in millions of homes – to help it sell advertising and other services.

The move was part of the search engine’s controversial Street View project, which drew widespread criticism after it photographed people’s houses and published the images on the internet.

Now it has been revealed that the firm had failed to disclose that it was simultaneously building a massive database of individual home wi-fi networks across the UK and in other countries.

As Google’s distinctive fleet of cars, fitted with roof-mounted cameras, cruised Britain’s streets over the past three years photographing every house and public building, antennae inside were also pinpointing the wi-fi hotspots.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1282500/Google-Street-View-secretly-took-wi-fi-details–use-data-target-ads-mobile-phones.html#ixzz0pPhaJyQw

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