Google Ordered to Delete Collected U.K. Street View Data | News & Opinion |

Between 2008 and 2010, the equipment attached to Google's Street View vehicles not only collected 360-degree mapping images, but also data from unencrypted wireless networks within range. That included emails, passwords, photos, and chat logs.

I realized the cars were keeping track of WiFi names in areas, which makes some sense, as comparing WiFi hotpot names is a poor man's GPS, but I didn't realize they were firesheeping while they were at it.  I can see some reasons to want to listen in just as a sort of corporate data-mining curiousity, but doesn't a smart (but evil) company at least contract out nasty work like that?

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