Feeds

Aussie police probe Google

Check out Street View network sniffing

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Robert McClelland, Australia's Attorney General, has asked the police to investigate the collection of network information by Google's StreetView cars.

The Australian Federal Police High Tech Crime Centre confirmed to iTnews that it was considering a full probe.

McClelland said his department had received many complaints but it was up to the police to decide if a full investigation is needed. He said there had been possible breaches of the Telecommunications Act.

The Street View cars collected SSID and MAC addresses from open Wi-Fi networks as well as taking pictures.

Google's Eric Schmidt has been busy claiming that the accidental snooping was all the work of a rogue engineer - now being investigated by the company.

This interpretation has yet to explain why Google applied for a patent for its supposedly accidental network-sniffing technology back in January.

The search and ad giant is already under investigation from privacy watchdogs and police in the Czech Republic and Germany. Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, has also made unhappy noises.

In other news from the land down under, Aussie police are following CEOP's Jim Gamble in demanding that Facebook install a panic button for children to make direct reports of suspicious activity. AFP also wants Facebook to employ a police liason officer in the country, iTnews reports. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.