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Google Engineer Told Colleagues About Wi-Fi Snooping

The whole StreetView car Wi-Fi episode refuses to stop haunting Google, with the latest revelation being that the Google engineer behind the data collecting did in fact tell several colleagues about it - including a senior manager.

Previously, Google had insisted the data was collected from wi-fi networks across the globe by mistake, and the scheme was down to one engineer. However, it has now emerged that the engineer behind the implementation of the project spilled the beans to others way back in 2007, and then once more the following year.

This information has come to light due to a report from the Federal Communications Commission, which noted that five engineers collaborated over the code for the StreetView Wi-Fi exercise, but they didn't realise the system could collect "payload data".

Two weeks ago, the FCC decided that Google hadn't broken the law with its actions, but had impeded the investigation into the matter, so it fined the search giant a fairly meaningless $25,000 (almost £16,000).

Google published the FCC report yesterday, with a spokesman saying: "We decided to voluntarily make the entire document available except for the names of individuals. While we disagree with some of the statements made in the document, we agree with the FCC's conclusion that we did not break the law. We hope that we can now put this matter behind us."

Perhaps this is the last we'll hear of it, but we wouldn't bet on that.

Source: The Guardian