Street View

Richard Waters

How does the company that says it wants to be “deserving of great love” justify tapping into home WiFi networks and grabbing snippets of personal information by the truckload?

Simple: listening in to unsecured WiFi networks, according to Google’s lawyers, is perfectly legal. And regrettable as that may sound, US regulators have accepted the defence – though they still feel Google “deliberately impeded” their investigation and “willfully and repeatedly violated” orders to produce information. 

Tim Bradshaw

Google remains on notice from the UK’s data protection watchdog after an audit found that it had taken “reasonable steps” to improve its privacy practices.