The Supreme Court has declined Google’s appeal of a lower-court ruling in a class-action lawsuit that alleges it violated federal wiretap laws with its Street View cars.The court left in place a decision the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down in September. The appeals court declined to dismiss the case, ruling that Google was not exempt from liability under the federal Wiretap Act after it inadvertently gathered usernames, passwords, emails, and other information from private WiFi networks as it collected data for the Street View service.”We’re disappointed that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case,” Google said in a statement provided to the E-Commerce Times by spokesperson Tim Drinan. “Basically, the company was looking for a very broad ruling that would have qualified any and all unprotected or unencrypted wireless transmissions as being ‘public’ whether or not people intended them to be received or collected,” Charles King, principal at Pund-IT, told the E-Commerce Times.”The Federal appellate panel that originally heard the case rejected that claim, saying that Google wireless transmissions emanating from peoples’ homes and businesses are private, regardless of whether they encrypt or password-protect their data,” he continued.”The result for Google is that the company… Read full this story
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