Well it appears that someone was not very happy about the Google Street View vehicles capturing Wifi data as reported this week. A Vicki Van Valin and Neil Mertz have filed a class action complaint against Google to be served in Oregon. Even after Google had made this statement apologizing and claiming that the data was never used:
But it’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products.
In the lawsuit they claim that the data collected by the Street View vehicles may have been viewed by thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and world. They also claim that their privacy should have been respected because Google did not allow them to consent to collect Wifi data in the fashion that Google did.
Well this is the first lawsuit that has come of Google’s recent mistake, we do not expect this to be the last we hear of it. We will bring you more information as soon as it is available to us. We have attached a copy of the lawsuit below for your viewing.