Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson discusses federal Judge Lucy Koh’s landmark decison that federal and state wiretap laws apply to Google’s interception and reading of emails to target ads and build user profiles. Another ruling by a federal appeals court found that the wiretap laws apply in the Wi-Spy scandal, in which the Internet giant’s Street View cars sucked up “payload data” — including emails, passwords and financial information — from private Wi-Fi networks as they drove by. “Google has demonstrated itself to be something of a serial privacy violator,” says Simpson.
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