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Protecting the Data You Don't Even Know You Have


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Let's assume for a moment that Google's collection of Wi-Fi "payload" data really was unintentional. And that Google never used the data, didn't even know it was there and stored it securely. Is it actually a privacy leak if no one has looked at the private data?

That, of course, is a question for lawyers and courts and government regulators.

Now consider: What happens when the various lawyers and courts and government agencies around the world investigating Google's Wi-Fiasco demand to look at the data Google collected?

It becomes a privacy leak.

From Computerworld
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