Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sen. Blumenthal invokes patent application against Google

Proving that some senators (or their staff) reads patent applications, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) invoked a patent application against Google. From Grant Gross:

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, pointed to a November 2008 patent application by Google for wireless network-based location approximation in questioning whether Google meant to snoop on Wi-Fi network signals during its Street View sweeps.

Google's collection of personal data on Wi-Fi networks, include e-mail messages, passwords and browsing history, is "contemplated" in the patent application, Blumenthal said during a hearing on smartphone privacy before the Senate Judiciary Committee's privacy subcommittee.



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