Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine
... in 2010, Google discovered that enterprising engineer Marius Milner had written code that captured not only the location of open WiFi hotspots, but also some of the traffic, on the basis that “it might be useful”. The data had been captured for three years before the sniffing was "discovered".
Investigations were launched in a number of countries, with varying outcomes. Or example, Britain eventually decided to clear Google, Australia attacked it with a wet lettuce, and France imposed a fine of €100,000.
Consumer Watchdog is upset at the rumoured deal, calling the $US7 million settlement "measly": "Once again it looks like Google, the serial privacy violator, is buying it's way out of a jam with what for the Internet giant is pocket change", its John Simpson wrote. (Source