Federal court rejects Google definition of Wi-Fi data as "radio communication"

09/18/2013 | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Google's motion to dismiss a group of lawsuits for violating the Federal Wiretap Act after rejecting Google's claim that unencrypted wireless data it collected with its Street View cars counted as "radio communication." The decision means security researchers will need to think twice before capturing data from unencrypted Wi-Fi signals, Hanni Fakhoury writes, but it also means law enforcement agencies will have to obtain a wiretap order to do so as well.

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