[Mintwood-place] Graham Objects to Google Trespass
grahamwone at gmail.com
Thu May 20 17:53:35 UTC 2010
Over the weekend I learned of Google’s admission to collecting data from
open wi-fi networks as part of its “Street Views” mapping system.
This is a shocking. Google may have exposed countless Washingtonians to a
“big brother-like” invasion of privacy. In this digital age, it is essential
that government take a strong stand to protect its citizens from the
unwanted erosion of privacy by large corporations. Should we discover that
laws have been violated, we must act swiftly to enforce those laws to the
For the past four years, Google has been sending cars with cameras down
streets capturing images for its street view maps. Many of us have used
these maps to find addresses or directions. I know my staff does daily.
Late Friday, May 14, Google announced that during this process they had
collected data from unprotected wi-fi networks. This means Google could
have intercepted any activity on those wi-fi networks, including emails
sent, documents/photos downloaded, instant messages exchanged, websites
I have asked Attorney General Peter Nickles, Department of Consumer and
Regulatory Affairs Director Linda Argo and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
to investigate any violations of our anti-trust and privacy laws.
Councilmember Jim Graham
I typically answer emails before 9 AM on weekdays. If you email me after
that, it is likely that you will hear from me the next weekday. If there is
a need to communicate prior to that, you may wish to call me.
Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105, Washington, DC
20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).
Chairman, Committee on Public Works and the Environment (including alcohol
regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8195. 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #116,
Washington, DC 20004.
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