Google's Street View Collected 'Device Locations' Including 'Laptops, Cellphones' and Other With WiFi Access Points

Google is going greate, until now what we already knew was that the company's Street View vehicles have collected the location of WiFi access points. But, that's not all, the search giant has not stopped there, their Street View cars also collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around […]

Google is going greate, until now what we already knew was that the company's Street View vehicles have collected the location of WiFi access points. But, that's not all, the search giant has not stopped there, their Street View cars also collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world, a practice that raises novel privacy concerns, according ot a CNET report.


Some locations that Google associated with Wi-Fi devices spotted in a San Francisco coffee shop.

"The confirmation comes as concerns about location privacy appear to be growing. Apple came under fire in April for recording logs of approximate location data on iPhones, and eventually released a fix. That controversy sparked a series of disclosures about other companies' location privacy practices, questions and complaints from congressmen, a pair of U.S. Senate hearings, and the now-inevitable lawsuits seeking class action status" stated CNet.

According to the article,

The cars were supposed to collect the locations of Wi-Fi access points. But Google also recorded the street addresses and unique identifiers of computers and other devices using those wireless networks and then made the data publicly available through Google.com until a few weeks ago.

The French data protection authority, known as the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libert