Google Inc (GOOG) will have to face Street View WiFi privacy suit following Supreme Court decision
Google will have to deal with a class-action lawsuit that alleges that the company’s Street View cars illegally snooped on private WiFi networks. The decision was made by the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) this morning.
SCOTUS declined Google’s request to dismiss the complaint. In 2010, Google said that its Street View cars inadvertently collected content sent over unencrypted WiFi networks. Google said it stopped the practice when it realized this was happening.
However, several organizations filed lawsuits against Google. Google settled a major interstate investigation about a year ago related this case. Google will have to resolve a class-action lawsuit over whether its actions violated the Wiretap Act.
Google said that WiFi signals were exempt from the law because the act permits the interception of “radio communications” as long as they aren’t encrypted. Last September, a federal appeals court held that the act referred to “predominantly auditory broadcasts.” Google petitioned for the Supreme Court to review that decision, but it was declined. Now Google will have to deal with the privacy suit in lower courts or make a settlement.
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