Street View, one of Google's coolest and move privacy-offending services of all time, has just caught another black eye: CNET reports the WiFi-scanning cars recorded millions of mobile devices—plus their locations. And then released them online.
The revelation is just the latest blotch on an already spotty record for Google when it comes to not recording things that shouldn't be recorded. Email, passwords, and other wireless traffic was mis-slurped last time around. And now we know the indiscriminate Google vacuum sucked up millions upon millions of MAC addresses corresponding phones, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices around the world. CNET speculates that a coding error like the one that lead to WiFi packet-huffing could be responsible for this MAC bollocking as well. Devices that had nothing to do at all with Google Street View's ostensible mission of mapping public locational data.