Google urges US Supreme Court to settle Street View privacy lawsuit
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 21:42
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Washington: After a long legal battle, Internet search giant Google has reportedly asked the US Supreme Court to settle its 'Street View' privacy lawsuit.

It's still uncertain whether the country's highest court will hear the case. However, if it does, the ruling may have major consequences for the privacy of unprotected Wi-Fi networks.

According to a leading tech website, the case centres on Street View's Wi-Fi sniffing program, which would automatically scan unencrypted networks Street View cars as a way of verifying the car's location.

Many considered the program as a violation of privacy, which led to a series of lawsuits by both states and individuals.

Even if Google maintained that the Wi-Fi sniffing was not illegal, claiming the signals were “readily available to the public,” a class action lawsuit was pushed against it by the federal appeals court in September.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 21:42

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